Nigeria Football Federation technical committee has directed all invited home based players report to camp scheduled for Kaduna on July 16.
Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf had earlier on Monday announced the names of 30 invited players and went ahead to say they’ve all been contacted.
Paul Bassey, a member of the NFF committee, who doubles as Akwa United chairman, assured necessary moves will be made for quick release of players.
“By the coach’s programme which we have approved, the players will report to Kaduna on July 16,” said Bassey.
“We have told them to write officially to the clubs, pleading with them to be patriotic by releasing their players on
July 16 because training starts on July 17.
“We technical committee will liaise and interface with the LMC on how we can work with the league fixtures. We have to work with him to make sure those players are released.
“If out of how many players that have been chosen, you should run to the national camp. It is the price we have to pay as clubs and we don’t have a choice.
“No team has more than four players on the list, so we have to sacrifice. We will release them on Sunday and get them back on Friday July 21″ he stated.
Togo and Benin Republic will conclude their qualifying fixture this month.
Nigeria, 2014 bronze medallists, will lock horns with the winner of a preliminary fixture between the West African neighbours. The first-leg takes place on the weekend of 11–13 August in either Cotonou or Lome. The return-leg in Nigeria on Saturday, 19 August.
Next edition of the African Nations Championship competition comes up in 2018 in Kenya.