Nigeria have let four players go from their team camp in Portugal, leaving 27 from which their final 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup will be selected.
Ghana manager Kwesi Appiah has revealed Marseille winger Andre Ayew will not participate at the 2013 African Nations Cup.
Vahid Halilhodzic has declared he is "able to win the Champions League" and is "inferior to nobody" in the dug-out as he prepares to lead Algeria into the Africa Cup of Nations.
Newcastle and Millwall could face FIFA sanctions over the unavailability of Shola Ameobi and Danny Shittu for the African Nations Cup.
Queens Park Rangers star Adel Taarabt will be available to continue spearheading his club's battle for Premier League survival after being left out of Morocco's 24-man African Nations Cup squad.
Steve Clarke believes Nigeria's loss will prove to be West Bromwich Albion's gain after Peter Odemwingie was overlooked for a place even in the provisional squad for next month's African Nations Cup.
Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor says there is only a "5% chance" that he will play in the African Nations Cup because he remains in fear of his safety two years after the ambush of the team bus by gunmen in Angola.
Queens Park Rangers playmaker Adel Taarabt has confirmed he wishes to represent Morocco at the African Nations Cup.
Adel Taarabt has confirmed Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has requested that he does not represent Morocco at the African Nations Cup.
Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has given Andre Villas-Boas a boost by making himself unavailable for the African Nations Cup in January.