Nigeria were one of the first nations to release their preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup. The Super Eagles have named an initial squad of 30 players, which will be whittled down to 23 in time for the tournament in Brazil.
National team coach Stephen Keshi included a few surprise selections in his provisional party and also closed the door on a number of players who have been squad regulars during the Big Boss's reign.
Dynamo Kyiv forward Ideye Brown has paid the price for his impotent attacking displays and has missed out. He and fellow striker Ikechukwu Uche are the most high-profile casualties of the squad that won the African Championship in early 2013.
Also absent are midfield pair John Ogu and Fegor Ogude, while long-term reserve right-back Solomon Kwambe will also be disappointed to have been overlooked.
Mooted recalls for experienced players such as Obafemi Martins, Taye Taiwo and Lukman Haruna never materialised.
Read on for player-by-player profiles of the Nigeria's 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.