Interim Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has dropped Segun Oduduwa, Stanley Dimgba and Usman Mohammed from the team after the trio reported late to the team's Bolton White Apartments camp, thenff.com has reported.
The exclusion of the trio means only 40 players will battle for places in the squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations double date against Egypt, with 19 home boys to train for two weeks before the arrival of 21 overseas-based players on the week of the first game in Kaduna.
“We cannot have those three in camp anymore. This is very serious business, and only serious-minded persons can be involved," Siasia said.
"They reported late to the camp of the U-23 team, so they cannot be tolerated in the camp of the senior team.
“I have said it over the past few days that mentality would count big among the traits we are looking for in the players to feature against Egypt.”
In 2015, Siasia threw out star midfielder Kingsley Sokari and forward Daniel Etor from his squad to the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations after the duo opted to play for their club, Enyimba FC, in a final NPFL season game in Lagos in November 2015, against his instructions.