And speaking after the development, the defender who plays for Rotherham United, however, wished the team the best in Egypt.
In a post on his Instagram handle, he said he will be backing the West Africans for the crown.
“Wishing my brothers the best of luck at the upcoming #AFCON 2019,” he posted.
“It’s been a privilege to have been part of this squad and as much as I’m gutted that I can’t make it, I wish everyone linked with the Super Eagles the very best of luck this summer.
“I will be supporting the team until the end. Go and make Nigeria proud my brothers.”