Newcastle faces Metalist Kharkiv this week still bristling at the two goals Papiss Cisse had controversially disallowed in a 0-0 first leg draw at
However, it will do so with 31-year-old Ameobi having encountered just this kind of challenge a decade ago.
And that will fuel Ameobi 10 years on.
Ameobi said: "Listen, I take him everywhere with me. He is what made me who I am today. He encapsulates everything football means to me.
"His enthusiasm for the game was imparted on me, and he would have loved that, going over there and proving a point, so hopefully we can do that as a team."
The Magpies ultimately missed out on a place in the Champions League quarter-finals back in 2003 after drawing at Inter Milan but losing to Barcelona on Tyneside.
However, this time around, the club's fate will be decided on the night with a score draw enough for it to progress to the last 16, but any victory for Metalist sufficient to send the Ukrainian side through.
Ameobi said: "We are excited. We are not behind in the tie, which is good. They haven't scored an away goal. That could prove decisive for us.
"Personally, this is a big tournament. It's a European competition and we want to get as far as we can.
"The manager takes this seriously and so do we as players."