Former Flying Eagles defender and back-to-back Nigeria league winning Kano Pillars star, Kano Pillars Shehu Abdulahi has received an instant call up from Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa next month.
Five other players were also called up as the coaching crew gets desperate in the making of a final squad for CHAN, which Nigeria will be participating for the first time.
Five others were asked to drop out and try their luck next time.
The five other invited players who are expected to hit the Bolton White Apartment of the team immediately are midfielder Eric Kwame whose sterling display against the Super Eagles in Plateau United’s 2-0 loss in Saturday’s practice match, Warri Wolves’ Joshua Obaji, Emmanuel Nwankwo of Bukola Babes, Sunshine Stars’ of Akure’s Paul Ikenna and returnee Heartland of Owerri winger, Obinna Nwachukwu.
Those dropped from the squad are goalkeeper, Isa Danladi, who copped an injury that will take over ten days to heal, Chibuzor Madu, who is also injured and has not trained with the team in the last three days, Lobi’s Douglas Achive, Warri Wolves Emenike Achibi, who was invited only last week and Akwa United’s Ezekiel Mba.
Assistant coach Dan ‘the Bull Amokachi, who spoke on behalf of Keshi to the players said they were dropped not because they were not good enough but because of time constraint, assuring them that sooner than later they will again be invited to the national team under the present scheme of things.
“We urge you to return to your clubsides and continue to give your best and we will keep monitoring your progress for the future”, he said.