Super Eagles head coach Sunday Oliseh has surprisingly left out Watford forward Odion Jude Ighalo, as well as the Chelsea duo of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses from the Afcon qualifying match against Tanzania.
Oliseh has also left out of Ogenyi Onazi from the roster.
Out of the three players snubbed, Ighalo has featured in 106 minutes for Watford in this season’s two Barclays Premier League games against Everton and West Bromwich Albion.
But Mikel and Moses have not had a look-in into the Chelsea startlist this term.
No immediate reason was given for the omission of the trio from the roster as West Brom striker Brown Ideye is also considered another top player not listed for the Tanzania trip.
Oliseh has opted to call up six other strikers in Ahmed Musa, Emem Eduok, Emmanuel Emenike, Anthony Ujah, Sylvester Igboun (FC UFA, Russia) and Moses Simon.
In the absence of Mikel, Joel Obi, Izunna Ernest Uzochukwu, Obiora Nwankwo, Lukman Haruna and Rabiu Ibrahim got calls to the team.
Nigeria is billed to face Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations next month in Dar es Salaam.
The full list
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England)
Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (FK Haugesund, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey)
Midfielders: Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy); Izunna Ernest Uzochukwu (FC Amkar Perm, Russia); Obiora Nwankwo (Coimbra FC, Portugal); Lukman Haruna (Anzhi Makhachkala, Russia); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emem Eduok (Esperance ST, Tunisia); Emmanuel Emenike (Al Ain, UAE); Anthony Ujah (Werder Bremen, Germany); Sylvester Igboun (FC UFA, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium)