Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has intensified preparations for Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations qualifing match against Liberia by dropping nine players from the NPL-dominated national team camp in Abuja.
The affected players include injury-plagued Kano Pillars defender Papa Idris, Heartland's duo of Benjamin Francis and Kabiru Umar, Saviour Fidelis of Taraba FC and Henry Ezekiel of Rising Stars.
The other affected players include: Ugonna Uzochukwu of Rangers, Christian Ofili of ABS FC, Chibuzor Onyekwelu of Fame FC, Femi Ajayi of Crown FC.
While announcing the names of the affected players, Keshi offered words of encouragement by remindig them: "Many of those who are here with us now have been dropped and recalled several times."
He urged them to make the most of the opportunities on ground, and feature regularly for clubs to boost their chances of being recalled.
The foreign-based players are expected to report to camp to join their home-based counterparts on Monday, with an extension to Tuesday granted to players whose clubs played on Sunday.