With just three weeks to the start of the new season, Rangers will lose four of their key players to the Flying Eagles who travelled to Egypt for friendly matches Monday morning in continuation of their preparation for the African Youth Championship in Algeria.
The players are Alhaji Gero, Emmanuel Daniel, Seun Taro and Nzube Anazemba.
The Flying Eagles are drawn against Mali, RD Congo and Gabon.
The players were in the team that would have played against SC Do Principe in the preliminaries of the Champions League. But the team from Sao Tome failed to show up in Enugu and they were walked over.
When they realised the match would not hold, the four players moved to Abuja where they joined up with the rest of the Flying Eagles who travelled to Egypt this morning for two friendly matches before they proceed to Tunisia.
Alhaji Gero told Goal.com in Enugu that it is going to be a long preparation for the African Youth Championship.
"Four of us are going to Egypt. After the two friendly matches, we will proceed to Tunisia for another round tour before we finally move to Algeria for the African Youth Championship.
"If the four of us make the trip to Algeria, then it means our club will miss us for a long time. If we secure one of the tickets in Algeria, we will travel to Tuolon in France for more training tours before we land in Turkey for the World Cup proper.
"You can see that we have a long journey and they may not see us until after the World Cup in Turkey if all of us make the trip.
"I am very sure they can cope without us because we have a lot of good players in the team," the former Kaduna United striker said.
Officials of Rangers revealed that they cannot stop the players from representing Nigeria.
The African Youth Championship starts on March 16th.