MILLWALL captain Danny Shittu has been excused from international duty by Nigeria and will not be reported to FIFA for rejecting his African Cup of Nations call up.
Shittu was named in the Super Eagles' preliminary 32-man squad for the finals tournament, which is being hosted in South Africa later this month, but turned down the opportunity to take part.
Nigeria initially refused to accept his decision and threatened to make a complaint to the game's governing body if he did not report for duty, which would have triggered a domestic playing ban.
But coach Stephen Keshi said: "We have decided to focus our energy on the players going to South Africa. There's no point creating unnecessary distraction when we have capable players.
"Seeking punishment will not make any positive contribution to our preparations. There are players in the squad who can deliver, so we wish Shittu all the best in England."
Shittu, who has made 22 appearances for Millwall this season, said: "I am honoured to have been called up for the squad but I am disappointed to say that the timing for me this year is unfortunate.
"I have a lot of personal commitments which would make it hard for me to give my all to the team. Whenever I wear the Super Eagles jersey, I always give 100 percent.
He added: "My heart will always be with the Super Eagles and I wish my team mates all the best in the coming tournament."