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Eagles' trio axed from US tour



Nigeria have dropped three more players from the trip to Miami, USA for the international friendly against Venezuela on November 15.

It was initially believed that the 12 players, who secured entry visas for the USA on Friday, would make the trip.

But supersport.com can now report that three of the players, Daniel Akpeyi, Mannir Ubale and Gomo Onduku, have been left out of the trip to the USA.

Super Eagles' head coach, Stephen Keshi has opted to travel with nine players from Nigeria Premier League (NPL) clubs.

Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, who just signed for Enugu Rangers, made the team alongside Azubuike Egwuekwe, Godfrey Oboabona, Solomon Kwambe and Umar Zango.

Others are Heartland's Benjamin Francis, Henry Uche, Sunday Mba and Ejike Uzoenyi.

Keshi assured the dropped players that they still remain part of the team and will get further opportunities before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

"You have worked hard to get here and you're still part of this team. I assure you will get another chance before the Nations Cup because you have impressed us (the coaches)," Keshi told the dropped trio.

The nine Nigerian players and officials will leave Abuja for Miami in the USA for the game against Venezuela on Sunday.

Eleven overseas players are expected to join the team in Miami next week for the Venezuela game.

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