Ameobi is now on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup with the Super Eagles.
He told the Daily Mail: "I gave my word when I signed my contract that when Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba had to go, that meant I couldn't. I felt the fact that I missed the Africa Cup of Nations would cost me a World Cup place.
"Newcastle didn't want me to go. I was disappointed not to play, but I am a man of my word and I had to stand by what I said."
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