Skipper Mikel Obi asked to be left out of the AFCON double header against Libya because he is still battling to be fit, according to coach Gernot Rohr.
The former Chelsea star also missed last month’s qualifier against Seychelles due to fitness concerns.
He has not featured for the country since the Eagles crashed out in the first round of the World Cup in Russia in June.
“Mikel is still not fit and so he asked to be left out,” Rohr explained.
“It’s a physical problem.
“But once he is fit again and playing for his club, he will be back with us and I hope that will be soon.
“We hope he will be back for next month’s game in South Africa.”
By Kola Daniel in Uyo