Surprisingly, though, Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi, Obafemi Martins of Newcastle United and John Utaka from Portsmouth were left out.
Coach Shuaibu Amodu named three uncapped players for the trip to South America – Solomon Okoronkwo, Oluwafemi Ajilore and Elderson Echiejile. Both Okoronkwo and Ajilore were part of the team that played the final of the football event of the Beijing Olympics.
Skipper Kanu, whose place in the team has come under debate lately, has insisted that he will lead by example and so be on the long and tiring trip to Colombia.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapeol Tel Aviv/Israel), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei-Yehuda/Israel), Austin Ejide (Bastia/France)
Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Everton/England), Dele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam/Netherlands), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille/France), Danny Shittu (Bolton/England), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow/Russia), Yusuf Mohammed (Al Hilal/Sudan), Elderson Echiejile (Rennes/France)
Midfielders: Sani Kaita (Monaco/France), Christian Obodo (Udinese/Italy), Oluwafemi Ajilore (FC Groningen/Netherlands), Seyi Olofinjana (Stock City/England), Kalu Uche (Almeria/Spain)
Forwards: Ikechukwu Uche (Getafe/Spain), Obinna Nsofor (Inter Milan/Italy), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton/England), Osaze Odemwingie (Locomotive Moscow/Russia), Joseph Akpala (Club Brugge/Belgium), Chinedu Ogbuke-Obasi (Hoffenheim/Germany), Solomon Okoronkwo (Saturn FC/Russia), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth/England)