Nigeria have again dropped skipper Joseph Yobo from a series of matches, which include World Cup qualifiers, in May and June.
Yobo was overlooked for last month’s World Cup qualifying match at home to Kenya leading to a huge row with Coach Stephen Keshi this week.
Keshi has again kept out the Fenerbache of Turkey defender from a busy schedule between the end of May and mid-July during which the African champions could play as many as 10 matches.
obo with 94 caps holds the most caps for a Nigeria international and he has said Keshi has been “disrespectful” to him, while he insists he is “still very, very relevant” to the national team.
The African champions have a high-profile friendly against CONCACAF champions Mexico in Houston, Texas, USA on the last day of May, before two World Cup qualifying matches in Nairobi and Windhoek that come before the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.
Nigeria play Tahiti, Uruguay and Spain in Brazil but will play two more games if they advance to the knock-out stage, before returning to Africa for a 2014 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against Cote d’Ivoire.
Usual suspects Vincent Enyeama, Mikel Obi, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses are among the 30 players Keshi has called up for these matches.