Both players were the biggest casualties as Super Eagles coach Berti Vogts released his official squad exclusively to KickOff.com on Thursday afternoon just minutes after handing it over to the NFA.
The biggest winner is Levski Sofia’s Richard Eromoigbe, whose versatility - he can play at both right back and central midfield - may have won him a place ahead of Ayila.
Obinna Nsofor and Ike Uche squeezed their way into the squad for the showpiece, as Vogts apparently opted for pace and trickery ahead of brawn.
Goalkeepers: Austin Ejide, Dele Aiyenugba, Vincent Enyeama
Defenders: Joseph Yobo, Danny Shittu, Rabiu Afolabi, Taye Taiwo, Ifeanyi Emeghara, Onyekachi Apam, Obinna Nwaneri
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi, Seyi Olofinjana, Onyekachi Okonkwo, Ike Uche, Dickson Etuhu, Richard Eromoigbe