Injuries to Victor Moses and Kalu Uche have left Nigeria
short of attackers for June's World Cup qualifiers
and the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
The pair's withdrawal from the squad deepens problems for coach Stephen Keshi, who was already without Nations Cup joint-top scorer Emmanuel Emenike.
Keshi said: "It's unfortunate that they informed us when we have already finalised our provisional squad.
"It is now too late to start calling up replacement players."
English Premier League side Chelsea informed Nigeria that Moses requires treatment for a recurring injury, while Kalu Uche said he has played with an injury throughout the season in Turkey and, on the advice of his doctor, will be using the off-season to undergo treatment.
Football Federation (TFF) has given coach Kim Poulsen a new contract ahead of their World Cup qualifier
away to Morocco in June.
Poulsen who has climbed up through the ranks also named his 26-man travelling party while TFF spokesman Boniface Wambura confirmed to supersport.com of the development.
“He was initially the youth coach and we decided to try him on senior level when his predecessor’s contract expired and it wasn’t renewed.”
“We weren’t happy with the previous tactician’s results but it’s the opposite with him, we are delighted with what he has done when he has been in charge.”
have opted to retain coach Jean-Paul Akono for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers
but will continue to look for his replacement.
The decision was announced by the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) after consultation with the government.
Akono, whose job was advertised without his knowledge, will oversee the matches against Togo on 9 June and Democratic Republic of Congo on 16 June.
He will also be in charge for the friendly against Ukraine on 2 June.
It had looked like Akono would be replaced ahead of the three matches after Fecafoot rejected his latest squad selection.
head coach Gordon Igesund has announced a 25-man squad to play in the forthcoming 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers
against Central African Republic (CAR) and Ethiopia next month.
The first of the two World Cup qualifiers against CAR in Yaoundé, Cameroon will be played on Saturday, 8 June at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo (kick off 15h00) with the second match against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa pencilled for Sunday, 16 June (kick off 3pm SA time).
Despite Bafana Bafana having been ravaged by injuries to its core players especially in defence, Igesund has kept the nucleus of the squad. He has brought in seven players who were not part of the personnel that faced CAR in Cape Town in March.
Veteran striker Didier Drogba was again left out of the Ivory Coast
squad when coach Sabri Lamouchi unveiled his 26 players for next month's World Cup qualifiers
against Gambia and Tanzania.
The 35-year-old Drogba led his country at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa this year but the team exited at the quarterfinals stage.
As a result, the former Chelsea star was axed from the squad for March's World Cup qualifier against Gambia.
Despite Drogba's 96 caps and 60 international goals, Lamouchi has resisted the urge to recall the Galatasaray veteran.
New Sierra Leone
coach Johnny McKinstry has selected two Chelsea youngsters in his squad for two World Cup qualifying
matches in June.
Blues reserve Aziz Deen-Conteh, 20, and youth player Samuel Bangura, 18, are among 24 players called up by McKinstry to face Tunisia and Cape Verde.
Deen-Conteh will need clearance from Fifa to play, having already represented England at junior level.
The games will be McKinstry's first in charge of the Leone Stars.
Irishman McKinstry, 27, was a surprise appointment in April,
replacing Sweden's Lars Olof Mattsson.
coach Jean-Paul Akono has circulated an unofficial squad list for the Indomitable Lions friendly match
and World Cup qualifiers
And BBC Sport understands the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has dismissed his selections as it is currently recruiting his replacement.
It also means that the make-up of the squad is likely to change.
While Akono insists he is right to pick the squad, Fecafoot says the correct procedure has not been followed.
have called up Joseph Akpala for the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers
and Confederations Cup in Brazil.
The Werder Bremen striker replaces the injured Emmanuel Emenike, who recently underwent knee surgery.
The 26-year-old Akpala, who last played for Nigeria in 2010, was picked ahead of Turkey-based Michael Eneramo.
"We've handed Akpala a late recall because he brings a lot in the absence of Emenike," coach Stephen Keshi said.
"It's very important to give a chance to other players when the opportunity comes."
national football team’s interim coach Eddington Ng’onamo has named a provisional 35-member squad comprising veteran striker Esau Kanyenda.
Kanyenda, who plays for Polokwane City in South Africa First Division, returns ahead of the May 25 friendly match against Zimbabwe at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
There are six South Africa based players in the squad including Atusaye Nyondo (Supersport United), Peter Wadabwa (Thanda Royal Zulu), Limbikani Mzava (Bloemfontein Celtic) Platinum Stars’ Robert Ng’ambi and Harry Nyirenda of Black Leopards.
Yakubu's miss at 2010 World Cup
striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has revealed that his incredible miss against South Korea at the 2010 World Cup still haunts him years later.
He told the official website of his Chinese club Guangzhou R&F:"Oh my God, I will never forget that moment. At that moment, I was ready to put the ball in the net. I thought the ball had gone in, I don't understand how it happened.
“I couldn't believe it, I was standing there laughing, laughing at myself. If I scored the goal, it would have taken Nigeria to the Round of 16.
“Losing such chance is what one remembers for a life time."
He also picked Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha as Nigeria all-time best player and counts himself lucky to have played alongside him.