Newcastle will not lose Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to the Africa Cup of Nations

Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba: Did not qualify with Senegal

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not lose strike duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to 2013 Africa Cup of Nations duty in January after Senegal failed to qualify, but is likely to be without Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote.

Senegal's visit of Ivory Coast was called off in controversial circumstances on Saturday, with the visitors leading 2-0 and 6-2 on aggregate.

The decision to award the visitors a penalty in the 76th minute, which Didier Drogba converted after his opener, sparked crowd trouble.

Manchester City, who had brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure in action alongside Drogba, said on their official website: "City's Yaya and Kolo Toure are both safe after crowd trouble halted play as Senegal hosted the Ivory Coast in Dakar.

"Disturbances broke out as Didier Drogba put the Elephants 2-0 up, after what was deemed a controversial penalty decision in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

"Fires were started in the stands at Stade Leopold Senghor and missiles were launched on to the pitch before the players were escorted to safety.

"Yaya and Kolo were both involved in the second leg clash and early reports suggest the brothers are unharmed."

Arsenal could also lose Ivorian forward Gervinho to international duty at the tournament in South Africa and Wigan could be without striker Arouna Kone.

Chelsea are set to lose John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses to Nigeria after both scored against Liberia to secure their country's place in the tournament.

Nigeria thrashed Liberia 6-1 on Saturday to claim a decisive 8-3 aggregate win and seal their qualification for the competition.

Mikel and Moses were both on target, with the latter grabbing a brace as the Super Eagles strolled to victory.


West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is set to lose summer signing Modibo Maiga to international duty with Mali after he scored to help his country claim a convincing 4-1 away win over Botswana, sealing a 7-1 aggregate victory and booking their spot in the finals.

Fulham's Mahamadou Diarra and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Samba Diakite could also be involved.

QPR's Adel Taarabt, Karim El Ahmadi of Aston Villa and Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh could also be called upon after Morocco snatched a late 4-0 win over Mozambique to beat them 4-2 on aggregate.

Uganda were left heartbroken after beating Zambia 1-0 to send the game into extra-time and penalties on an aggregate score of 1-1, only to lose 9-8 on spot-kicks to the reigning African champions.

Tunisia advanced on away goals after a goalless draw at home to Sierra Leone left the aggregate score at 2-2, while Ghana beat Malawi 1-0 on Saturday to claim a 3-0 aggregate success.