Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr has dropped Leicester City attacker Kelechi Iheanacho and Rotherham United Midfielder Semi Ajayi from the squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Iheanacho endured a difficult time with his English Premier League club side last season, with Jamie Vardy preferred in Leicester City’s Brenda Rodgers attacking formation.
The former Manchester City youngster only scored once in the league last season as he struggled for game time , however he was a surprise inclusion in his country’s 25 provisional squad for the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Rohr had previously hinted that the forward lacks confidence and due to the competition in the squad, the coaching crew cannot continue to give players gift.
Rohr decided not play Iheanacho in Super Eagles friendly match against Zimbabwe in Asaba last night, decision that sealed his fate.
Semi Ajayi on his part will find it difficult to accept the decision, as he one was of the most consistent Nigerian players in Europe last season, he featured in over 40 games for Rotherham United.
With Rohr welcoming Captain John Mikel Obi back into the team and with Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo in top form , the former Arsenal youngster was likely to be the casualty.
Meanwhile, the other 23 players and the technical crew will depart Nigeria for Ismaily in Egypt later today to continue preparations for the tournament.