Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, will drop Kenneth Omeruo from his squad to the 2018 World Cup, except his club form improves greatly.
Also in danger of missing out are Anthony Nwakaeme and Kayode Olanrewaju, both of who were on the fringes of the squad during the qualifying run.
The Guardian reports that Rohr has a 33-man list, from which he will select his final 23 players for next year’s tournament.
According to some insiders at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Rohr already has his first 15 players and will fill in the remaining eight slots after various friendly matches.
In Coach Rohr’s 33-man list are goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Francis Uzoho. Vincent Enyeama is on standby.
The defenders are Elderson Echiejile, Shehu Abdullahi, Ola Aina, William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Tyronne Ebuehi, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo.
Skipper John Obi Mikel leads the midfield, which has also Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Ogenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi.
The attackers are Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses and Moses Simon.
Nigeria listed three goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and seven attackers to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.