Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, on Thursday night released 6 players out of the 22 in camp, to their various club-sides ahead of this weekend’s Nigerian Premier League games.
That effectively rules out the players from those who are likely to make the team for the battle of Kigali, though Keshi told the released players that they will be recalled for two upcoming friendlies being planned by the Nigeria Football Federation for the month of April.
Those released are Henry Uche of Enyimba International, Heartland’s trio of Uche Oguchi, Kingsley Salami and Kabir Umar, Osasco Omoma of Sunshine Stars and Niger United’s Daniel Essien.
Keshi said of the dropped players; “it was a painful decision, but it must be done for the sake of the nation and because we have our brothers coming from Europe, but it’s not to say the players are not good, they are very okay and we’ll call upon them soon again when we have friendlies lined up for the national team”.
The players have since left camp for the various club-sides and Keshi said he would continue to monitor them for discipline and how regularly they feature for their teams, as that will largely form the basis of their recall to the national team.
Meanwhile, the 16 players left in camp have intensified the battle for shirts in the national camp, with no one showing signs of dropping out for the other despite the intensity that the coaching crew has introduced into the training sessions.
Players remaining in the Abuja camp are: Chigozie Agbim, Okemuteh Odah, Godfrey Oboabona, Juwon Oshaniwa, Papa Idris, Azubuike Egwueke, Gabriel Reuben Uche Ossai, Sunday Mba, Bathlomew Ibenegbu, Barnabas Imenger, Obinna Nwachukwu, Izu Azuka, Ejike Uzoenyi, Solomon Jabason and Uche Kalu.