Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has been confirmed absent for the double 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations qualifiers with Congo and South due to family engagements.
The Lille safe hand has been granted leave for the two opening matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on September 6 and 10.
With the national team camp opening its doors to the Super Eagles on Monday, interim coach Stephen Keshi said he allowed the new team captain, who was brilliant in goal for Nigeria at the World Cup, off to enable him attend to some pressing family issues.
“It’s better we excuse him, instead of bringing him down here without him concentrating for the game. I have asked him to sort himself out and he can join us in the future. For now there is no replacement for him because there is no time to do that,” Keshi declared.
As at Monday evening, eight players had arrived the Metropolitan Hotel camp of the Super Eagles in Calabar.
Locally based invitees Kunle Odunlami, Gbolahan Salami, Christian Osaguona and Azubuike Egwuekwe were joined at dinner time by Godfrey Oboabona, Nosa Igiebor, Ramon Azeez and Uche Nwofor.
The team is still battling with the release of Chinedu Obasi by his club Schalke 04 who said they have submitted his passport to embassies in Germany in order to procure visas to pursue their Uefa Champions League campaign.
Team administrator Dayo Enebi Achor is said to be working hard at ensuring that all players turn up for the game.
The team will commence training on Tuesday morning at the Abraham Ordia Pitch of the University of Calabar. Congo is expected to arrive in a few days.