Three players have been dropped from the Uganda Cranes squad summoned for training for the last Africa Nations Cup (ANC) qualifier against Niger at Namboole on September 8.
Hassan Mubiru, Eugene Ssepuuya and Alimansi Kadogo are the three players missing from the released list of 36 players that includs 16 professionals and 20 home based players.
Mubiru, recently sacked by his relegated Danish club, is dropped for the first time since his debut in 1998, where he scored a brace in Uganda's 2-1 victory against Algeria in the same competition.
Ssepuuya is dropped despite an impressive debut against Lesotho in June, where he came in as a substitute for Geoffrey Massa. He had transported himself for the game that ended in a goalless draw.
The 36 players called up would enter camp two weeks later and non-residential training is expected to start from August 13.
"For those not on the list, the technical committee dropped them.I can't explain why but we could not afford to drop (Ibrahim) Sekagya," FUFA publicist Rogers Mulindwa was quoted by New Vision on Thursday as saying.
Cranes captain Sekagya skipped his second Cranes ANC qualifier for Ghana 2008 against Lesotho.
New call-ups are Sweden-based Abubaker Tabula and Police's Mike Serumaga, who just return from a six-month suspension for absconding from the team.
Badru Kiyega and Peter Makanga of Bunamwaya are among the players invited for the first time.
Defenders: Richard Malinga, Peter Makanga, Timothy Batabire, David Kyobe, Andy Mwesigwa, Doca Musa, Hassan Wasswa, Julius Mulindwa, Nestory Kizito, Abubaker Tabula.
Midfielders: Johnson Bagoole, Noah Kasule, Tony Mawejje, Vincent Kayizi, Robert Kimuli, Dan Wagaluka, Patrick Ochan, David Obua, Badru Kiyega, Ronald Muganga, Assani Bajope, Michael Sserumaga and Ibrahim Ssekagya.
Strikers: Geoffrey Massa, Geoffrey Sserunkuuma, Yudah Mugalu, Nathan Mutenza, Moses Aduni, Tony Odur, Anthony Bongole and Hamis Kitagenda.