The Swede announced the list to the players at a meeting where he called the affected players together and explained to them why they were being dropped.
"He called them together and explained that time was too short, and that injuries were also a factor," Super Eagles Media Officer Idah Peterside told KickOffNigeria.com.
More importantly, Peterside said Lagerback assured the players that in the unlikely event of injury to any player on the 23-man squad before kickoff, he would look no farther than that seven-man group. The contingent leaves for South Africa later today.
The Super Eagles are drawn in Group B alongside Argentina, Greece and South Korea.
|Vincent Enyeama||Hapoel Tel Aviv (ISR)|
|Dele Ayenugba||Beni Yehuda (ISR)|
|Austin Ejide||Hapoel Petah Tikvah (ISR)|
|Taye Taiwo||Marseille (FRA)|
|Joseph Yobo||Everton (ENG)|
|Danny Shittu||Bolton Wanderers (ENG)|
|Elderson Echiejile||Rennes (FRA)|
|Ayodele Adeleye||Sparta Rotterdam (NED)|
|Chidi Odiah||CSKA Moscow (RUS)|
|Rabiu Afolabi||SV Salzburg (AUS)|
|Nwankwo Kanu||Portsmouth (ENG)|
|Dickson Etuhu||Fulham (ENG)|
|Mikel John Obi||Chelsea (ENG)|
|Sani Kaita||Alanya (RUS)|
|Yusuf Ayila||Dynamo Kiev (UKR)|
|Kalu Uche||Almeria (SPA)|
|Haruna Lukman||Monaco (FRA)|
|Yakubu Ayegbeni||Everton (ENG)|
|Chinedu Obasi||Hoffenheim (GER)|
|Obafemi Martins||Wolfsburg (GER)|
|Obinna Nsofor||Malaga (SPA)|
|John Utaka||Portsmouth (ENG)|
|Osaze Odemwingie||Lokomotiv (RUS)|
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