Super Eagles spokesman, Toyin Ibitoye has said the side have moved on with the absence of captain and Warri Wolves striker, Gbolahan Salami.
The former 3SC marksman has been missing in the Super Eagles CHAN team preparing for the forthcoming biennial football showpiece next month in Kigali, Rwanda.
Salami is said to be more interested in securing a foreign club than participating in the championship designed for African players plying their trade in their domestic leagues.
Ibitoye said the likely absence of the strongly built goal poacher will prove to be a rare opportunity for his replacements to shine at the upcoming CHAN.
“It appears Gbolahan Salami does not want to go to CHAN in Kigali, but rather interested in a European deal. We can only wish him good luck in his quest for greener pasture elsewhere.
“However, Eagles have moved on in their preparations for the upcoming CHAN and his absence will be an opportunity for other players to step up, excel and become known.
“Salami became known on a day so it’s up to other players in camp to grab the rare chance to prove themselves.
“The players’ response to training has been excellent we just hope and pray they will be able to reproduce the performance on match day.
“The assistant coaches have been doing a good job in the absence of head coach, Sunday Oliseh who is constantly in touch with the team as well as dishing out instructions regularly,” said Ibitoye.
Ibitoye also disclosed that Sharks’ defender, Chima Akas is recovering rapidly from the slight knock he picked in training.
“Akas reported to camp on Sunday due to poor weather on Saturday contrary to impression that he is still missing.
“Akas picked a slight knock but he is doing very well at the moment so he remains a key member of the Eagles CHAN team,” said Ibitoye.
The bronze winners are expected to depart on Saturday to Pretoria, South Africa where they are billed to engage Ivory Coast, Angola, among others in build-up matches.
Eagles will open their CHAN title account on January 18 against the Nigerien opposite at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo, Kigali before taking on other Group C opponents, Tunisia and Guinea on January 22 and 26 respectively.