Coach Samson Siasia has barred defender Segun Oduduwa and midfielders Stanley Dimgba and Usman Mohammed from showing up at the Bolton White Apartments camp of the Super Eagles.
This is coming after the players reported late to the camp of the U-23 team without an earlier permission from the Coach.
“We cannot have those three in camp anymore. This is very serious business, and only serious-minded persons can be involved. They reported late to the camp of the Under-23 team, so they cannot be tolerated in the camp of the senior team.
“I have said it over the past few days that the right mentality would count big among the traits we are looking for in the players to feature against Egypt,” he said.
Oduduwa and Mohammed were in the Under-23 squad that won the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal in December 2015, while Dimgba has trained with the team and the Eagles B previously.
The Super Eagles’ new boss, who is known to be a disciplinarian, threw out star midfielder Kingsley Sokari, and talented forward Daniel Etor from his squad to the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations, after the duo opted to play for their club, Enyimba FC, in a final NPFL season game in Lagos in November 2015, against his instructions.
The exclusion of the trio means only 40 players are now in contention for shirts in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations double date against Egypt, with 19 home boys to train for two weeks before the arrival of 21 overseas-based players on the week of the first game in Kaduna.
Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enyimba FC, will be paid $400,000 by a Tunisian club, CS Sfaxien, for signing Kingsley Sokari before the expiration of his contract.
The Nigeria international has sealed a three-and-a-half year deal with the CS Sfaxien.
Sokari joined his compatriot, Junior Ajayi, who moved to CS Sfaxien at the start of the new season.
Sokari is expected to make his official debut on Sunday against CAF Confederation Cup winners, Etoile du Sahel.
Warri Wolves striker, Gbolahan Salami, will lead an 18-man squad to a training camp for home-based players in Port Harcourt, ahead of a CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso in October.
Reports say Coach Sunday Oliseh will stick with the players he worked with prior to the AFCON qualifier in Tanzania in August.
This means that the six players from the league who have been picked for the friendlies against DR Congo and Cameroon in Belgium, will join up with the rest of the players.
Others invited to camp include Ifeanyi Matthew, Tunde Adetunji, Usman Mohammed, Godwin Obaje, Ezekiel Bassey, Kingsley Sokari and Idris Aloma.
Nigeria will host Burkina Faso in Port Harcourt on October 18, with the return leg in Ouagadougou, a week later.
Head Coach of the Nigerian national U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has called up 31 players to camp in preparation for next month’s All-Africa Games, in Brazzaville, Congo.
The list, which is made up of mostly players who qualified the Dream Team for the games, has some new faces including Lucky Jimoh, Bright Onyedikachi and Olisah Ndah amongt others.
The invited players are expected to report in Abuja from Wednesday, August 12.
The dream team will face Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the men’s football tournament from September 3 to 18.
Recently, Siasia picked 20 players for the crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.
Nigeria’s Under-23 Coach, Samson Siasia, has picked 20 players for Sunday’s crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.
While addressing the players after their last practice match at the FIFA/NFF Goal Project in Abuja on Wednesday, Coach Siasia said that all the players are good enough to make the trip, but it was impossible for everyone to be in Congo for the battle.
He assured the players left out to continue to work on their game as they could form part of the team for the All Africa Games.
“For those of you selected, this is a golden opportunity for you to show to Nigerians and the world that your first leg victory was not a flash in the pan, and as such you must fight hard when we get to Pointe Noire and beat the Congolese.”
The team takes a slim 2-1 win to Pointe Noire and must avoid defeat to stand a chance of qualifying for the eight nation CAF Under-23 Championship in Senegal.
The selected players for the task ahead are: Daniel Emmanuel, Atanda Sodiq, Stanley Amuzie, Azubuike Okechukwu, Olusegun Oduduwa, Erhun Obanor, Godwin Saviour, Etebo Oghenekaro, Junior Ajayi, Usman Mohammed, Etor Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed, Chima Akas, Semiu Liadi, Shehu Abdullahi, Kingsley Sokari, Taiwo Awoniyi, Umar Aminu, Austin Oladapo and Sincere Seth.