Nigeria coach, Shuaibu Amodu, who announced Friday a 21-man squad for the Group 2 qualifier on 6 September, said he left out both strikers because they are yet to attain full match fitness after recovering from injuries.
However, Amodu has recalled Hoffenheim forward Chinedu Obasi for the Tunisia clash. He said he was delighted Obasi has recovered from an injury which prevented him from being part of the Super Eagles matches in June.
"I'm happy that Obasi is back from injury. He will be a valuable addition to the team," Amodu said.
Amodu will also decide on two more call-ups by Monday. He said he has to choose between England-based defender Danny Shittu and Obinna Nwaneri, who features for FC Sion in Switzerland, as well as between forwards Joseph Akpala from Club Brugge and John Utaka, who plays for Portsmouth.