PRLog - Nov. 27, 2012 - GATESHEAD, U.K. -- A LEADING North East restaurant has pledged to come to the rescue of struggling Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse . . . by putting his beloved goat curry on the menu.
The Toon star yesterday blamed his current goal drought on goat curry being taken off the menu at the team’s Darsley Park training ground.
Last season Cisse’s amazing goal tally helped the Magpies to finish fifth in the Barclays Premier League, securing a lucrative European place.
And he says it was thanks, in part, to a dish from his native Senegal, called Yassa.
It was introduced to the Newcastle staff canteen by international team-mate Demba Ba, but has now been taken off the menu.
Even Manager Alan Pardew admitted last season that the curry might have helped the striker’s incredible scoring record of 13 goals in 14 games.
By contrast, he has netted just three times in 14 appearances this season.
Cisse said this week: “I think I need to ask the kitchen why they still haven’t done it yet.”
A version of Yassa was put on the menu in April at Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant, in Gateshead, where it proved a huge hit with customers.
And today (Tuesday) manager Avi Malik said his chefs would be happy to provide Cisse and Senegalese team-mate Demba Ba with a regular supply of the super-lean cuisine.
Mr Malik said: “Goat curry appears to have powered Papiss Cisse to success last season, so we’re more than happy to help him get back on target.
“The dish proved very popular with customers. People in the North East might find the idea of eating goat unusual, but it’s actually the most widely-consumed meat in the world.
“It’s also very low in fat, totally organic and high in protein. It’s little wonder great athletes such as Papiss Cisse swears by it.”