Abuja - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has retained only eight out of the twenty six home based players in camp for the June 13 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.
The players retained are:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe and Chima Akas.
Midfielder: Bright Onyedikachi
Strikers: Gbolahan Salami and Ikechukwu Gabriel.
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Making the announcement on Tuesday, Keshi said the retained players would be joined by the fifteen invited foreign based players for the final phase of preparations for Nigeria's opening 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna next weekend.
He urged the players who failed to make the cut not to be discouraged but to work harder to keep themselves among the pool of players that could be called up for future national team assignments.
In another development, Coach Stephen Keshi has released the players of Warri Wolves for this weekend's all-important CAF Confederation Cup playoff second leg against AC Leopards of Congo.
The game comes up on Saturday, June 6 at the Warri Township Stadium.
The Nigerian representatives lost the first leg 3-0 but are confident they can turn things around in Saturday's return leg.
The players, Daniel Akpeyi, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe and Gbolahan Salami are expected to report back to the Super Eagles camp immediately after the game.
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