Super Eagles’ manager, Stephen Keshi has dropped five domestic players from the squad preparing for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Namibia on June 3 in Calabar.
Twelve home-based stars will be joined by Ekigho Ehiosun to compliment the 14 players earlier announced to now bring the number of players that will be in the Calabar camp to 27.
Those dropped are Ogonna Uzochukwu of Enugu Rangers, Enyimba’s Gbolahan Salami, Uche Ossai of Warri Wolves, Heartland’s first-choice goalkeeper, Dan Akpeyi and his counterpart from Sharks, Okiemute Odah.
The 12 home-based professionals who made the cut are Chigozie Agbim, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Sunday Mba, Ejike Uzoenyi, Juwon Oshaniwa, Izu Azuka, Godfrey Oboabona, Henry Uche, Kalu Uche, Papa Idris, Gabriel Reuben, Obinna Nwachukwu and Turkey-based Ehiosun.
Keshi said in a pensive mood that he had to drop the players because all of them cannot be in camp.
“If I have my way all of us will be in camp, but we have reached a crucial bend and only the best of the best will be needed.
“That does not mean you are not good enough, and that is why I can assure that sooner than later we will again call on you.
“Go and ensure that you always play regularly for your clubs and very well too because that will form the basis of your recall,” he said.
The Super Eagles on Sunday departed for Calabar to kick-start preparations for Sunday’s cracker against the Namibia national team.