Cape Town - Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi says he will start calling up national team players to a training camp next month as he begins preparations for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The tactician is keen to get an early jump on assembling the Super Eagles, having failed to lead them to this year's AFCON finals in Equatorial Guinea - a shortcoming which almost cost him his job.
And, with the AFCON 2017 qualifiers set to kick off in June, where they will face Chad in Abuja, Keshi - who was re-appointed as head coach this month - is hopeful of getting an early start on his preparations.
"We need to start camping next month because time is not on our side again since the fixtures for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers have been released by CAF," Keshi told Goal.
"We will definitely start off with the players based here in Nigeria and move on until the required time the overseas clubs can release our players for us."