The affected players will leave the Nigerian camp on Monday.
The Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, has dropped three of the players in camp.
The three players are Rabiu Ibrahim, Papa Idris and Henry Uche.
A team official told PREMIUM TIMES that they were dropped for “footballing reasons.”
The three join Turkey based Uche Kalu who left the camp due to injury sustained in training.
Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is also expected to be dropped later on Monday, a source said.
Eagles spokesperson, Ben Alaiya, confirmed the exits.
“Everything is good in camp, all players are in good spirit. The four players dropped took it in good faith because of the way coach did it,” said Alaiya.
“The way Keshi broke the news to the players was superb, he called the players affected aside after dinner, talked to them and told them they won’t be going to the AFCON but could still make it another time.
“We have 27 players in camp now and four more will be dropped tomorrow (Tuesday).”
Of the dropped players, the team official said Rabiu’s late arrival and inactivity with former Scottish club Celtic may have worked against the former U17 and U20 star.
“Rabiu was outstanding and was a true replica of ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha if you see him at training, the look, the style of play, but there are lot of better players in the midfield, so he has to go,” he remarked. “Henry Uche has a future in the team, while I feel sorry for Uche Kalu as he was involved in all the qualifiers but the injury knocked him out.”
The Eagles now have 27 players who will vie for the 23 slots to be selected for the Nations Cup in South Africa.
The final list will be released on Tuesday.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...