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Nigeria drop defender Danny Shittu for Guinea qualifier

Danny Shittu
Shittu has been released by English Premier League side Bolton

Nigeria have dropped World Cup defender Danny Shittu for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea in Conakry on 10 October.

Super Eagles caretaker boss Austin Eguavoen has handed a maiden call to Valencia's Sunday Stephen, who has played for Spain at youth level.

Five players who missed Nigeria's opening Group I qualifier against Madagascar have been recalled.

Fifteen of Eguavoen's 30-man squad ply their trade in the local top-flight.

Shittu, who played at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa in June, is without a club after he was released by English Premier League side Bolton earlier in September.

Eguavoen has recalled Taye Taiwo, Obinna Nsofor, Dele Adeleye, Yusuf Ayila and Dickson Etuhu to the squad after they missed the 2-0 win over Madagascar in Abuja three weeks ago.

Stephen, who has featured for Spain at Under-20 level, was handed his first call-up.

Guinea and Nigeria won their opening Group B matches, but Guinea lead the standings by virtue of having beaten Ethiopia 4-1 in Addis Ababa, while Nigeria defeated Madagascar 2-0.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei-Yehuda, Israel), Bassey Akpan (Bayelsa United), Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves)

Defenders: Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Dele Adeleye (Metalurh Donetsk, Russia), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille, France), Emmanuel Anyanwu, Emeka Anyanwu, Valentine Nwabili (Enyimba), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbache, Turkey), Ugwu Uwadiegwu (Enugu Rangers), Ikechukwu ThankGod (Heartland), Chibuzor Okonkwo (Bayelsa United)

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea, England), Kalu Uche (Almeria, Spain), Otekpa Eneji (Enyimba), Dickson Etuhu (Fulham, England), Sunday Stephen (Valencia, Spain), Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Daddy Bazuaye (Enyimba), Ayo Saka (Ocean Boys), John Nnam (Enugu Rangers)

Strikers: Obinna Nsofor (West Ham, England), Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars), Obafemi Martins (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Osaze Odemwingie (West Bromwich Albion, England), Michael Eneramo (Esperance, Tunisia), John Owoeri (Heartland), Moses Bunde (Lobi Stars)



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see also
Yakubu, Kaita left out by Nigeria
20 Aug 10 |  African
Bolton cancel Shittu's contract
02 Sep 10 |  Bolton
Shittu begins Nigeria talent hunt
31 Aug 10 |  African
Shittu secures switch to Bolton
06 Aug 08 |  Bolton
Shittu rejects Rangers contract
13 Jul 08 |  Rangers
Shittu accepts Nigeria recall
01 May 07 |  African
Watford sign R's defender Shittu
06 Aug 06 |  Watford
Shittu's permanent move
07 Jan 02 |  QPR


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