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Nigeria decide to take no action against English based missing duo

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said no action will be taken against Shola Ameobi and Danny Shittu for opting out of the African Cup of Nations, reports BBC Sport. The England-based pair were named in an initial 32-man squad. But Newcastle's Ameobi refused to honour the call-up and Millwall's Shittu requested to be excused.

The NFF had initially said it would seek Fifa sanctions on both clubs if they did not release the players.

"We have decided to focus our energy on the players and officials going to the Nations Cup in South Africa," NFF board member Chris Green told BBC Sport.

"There's no point creating unnecessary distraction or pushing for sanctions when we have capable players in the Super Eagles.

"We have the rules firmly on our side to seek punishment but that will not make any positive contribution to our preparations.

"There are players in the squad who can deliver for Nigeria, so we can only wish Ameobi and Shittu all the best in England."

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