Cup of Nations 2013: Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi drops Odemwingie, Martins
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has left star strikers Peter Odemwingie and Obafemi Martins out of his squad for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
West Brom attacker Odemwingie last featured for Nigeria in a Nations Cup qualifier in Rwanda in February, while Martins, now playing for Levante in Spain, failed to impress in a recent friendly in Venezuela.
Danny Shittu, who has been in superb form for his English second-tier side Millwall this season, has been recalled after last playing an international match at the 2010 World Cup.
The 32-man provisional Nigeria squad has two uncapped overseas youngsters in Rabiu Ibrahim from Celtic and Kenneth Omeruo, who features for Dutch club ADO Den Haag on loan from Chelsea.
Keshi, who will take his players to Faro, Portugal, for a training camp from December 27, must reduce the squad to 23 by January 9.
The Africa Cup of Nations gets underway on January 19.