Newcastle United's Demba Ba says Papiss Cisse is a 'proper goalscorer'

By Matthew KenyonBBC Sport, Bata, Equatorial Guinea
Demba Ba, left, takes on Phil Jones
Demba Ba joined on a three-year deal from West Ham

Newcastle's Demba Ba says Senegalese team-mate and new £10m signing Papiss Demba Cisse is a "proper goalscorer".

The strikers could be back in time for United's league match against Blackburn on Wednesday following Senegal's shock Africa Cup of Nations exit.

"It's a good signing for Newcastle - he's going to help us achieve something we want to achieve," said Ba.

Senegal play Libya in their final game in the tournament on Sunday hoping to avoid a third-straight defeat.

Ba, 26, said he was preparing to go back to his club and help "make everything possible" for them, but wants to finish the Cup campaign positively by signing off with a win.

"We have to prepare for the next Nations Cup and the best way to start is with a win against Libya," he said.

"Because if we go home after three losses, that would be a big disappointment."

Senegal were out-thought by Zambia in their opening round defeat, a game which was followed by a stunning victory for the co-hosts, Equatorial Guinea, who are 108 places below the Teranga Lions in the global rankings.

Papiss Demba Cisse
Cisse will wear Newcastle's number 9 shirt

"[In qualification] we were looking like a big side but unfortunately this competition has show the reality of African football," he said, "so we're going to take care of our next steps and fight to have what we want and deserve."

"[After the Libya match] the rest of my season is about Newcastle - so we [he and Cisse] are going to do everything for them and forget about what has happened here," he said at the Senegal hotel here in Bata.

Ba has been linked with a move away from St James's Park but would not be drawn on his club future.

"The position is still the same - it hasn't changed," he said. "I'm just going back there to play the rest of the season. Hopefully as well as I played before."

Cisse, 26, was signed from Freiburg before the tournament got under way and is yet to make his Newcastle debut.

Newcastle's other participant in the tournament is Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote, whose side top their group and are through to the knock-out stages after winning their opening two matches.

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