Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has dropped star strikers Osaze Odemwingie and Obafemi Martins as well as defender Taye Taiwo from the AFCON. However, there is a deserved recall for Millwall skipper Danny
Shittu, who has been in superb form for his English Championship side this season.
He was not initially on this list, but was argued for by the Nigeria Football Federation technical committee, who met with Keshi in Abuja Friday.
Rabiu Ibrahim, who has struggled to establish himself at Scottish giants Celtic, is one of two uncapped overseas players on the provisional squad.The other is Nigeria U20 defender Kenneth Omeruo.
Keshi will now be in Faro with a total of 32 players – nine from the Nigeria Premier League and 23 from Europe.
The full squad:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Benjamin Francis (Heartland); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic, Scotland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Danny Shittu (Millwall FC, England); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars)
Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Raheem Lawal (Adana Demirspor, Turkey); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga, Norway); Gabriel Reuben (Kano Pillars); Rabiu Ibrahim (Celtic, Scotland)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea, England); Uche Kalu (Rizespor, Turkey); Bright Dike (Portland Timbers, USA); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle FC, England); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers)