Nigeria have excluded Marseille defender Taye Taiwo from next monthâ€™s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at home to Madagascar.
NFF technical committee chairman, Dominic Iorfa, announced a 26-man squad for the September 4 match against Madagascar on Friday with Taiwo among several World Cup players missing.
Other members of Nigeriaâ€™s underperforming World Cup side not picked were Sporting Braga defender Elderson Echiejile, Sani Kaita, Dele Adeleye, Rabiu Afolabi and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi leads several England-based stars including Danny Shittu, Dickson Etuhu, Joseph Yobo, Sam Sodje and Osaze Odemwingie for the clash.
There is also a return for Netherlands-based midfielder Oluwafemi Ajilore and Michael Eneramo from Esperance of Tunisia.Iorfa disclosed that Austin Eguavoen will continue to be in temporary charge of the team.