Coach of the Harambee Stars of Kenya, Sebastien Migne has dropped Zesco United midfielder Anthony Akumu from the final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off in Cairo.
South Africa-based defender Brian Mandela had already ruled out having picked up a knee injury on Monday, meaning Migne had three more players to trim from his initial 27-man squad that has been in France from May 30.
Winger Christopher Mbamba will have to wait longer for his international debut.
Portugal-based winger Clifton Miheso was the other casualty in Mign'e final squad although it is Akumu's axing that has shocked many fans.
The combative midfielder has played a pivotal role for his Zambian club although he has not been a regular under Migne in the four qualifiers the Frenchman was in charge.
According to Nation Sport, Mbamba picked up a knock on his ankle in training on Monday.
Harambee Stars AFCON Squad
Goalkeepers: Patrick Matasi, Faruk Shikalo, John Oyemba
Defenders: Musa Mohammed, David Owino, Joseph Okumu, Bernard Ochieng, Joash Onyango, Eric Ouma, Philemon Otieno, Aboud Omar
Midfielders: Ismail Gonzalez, Dennis Odhiambo, Paul Were, Johannah Omolo, Eric Johannah, Victor Wanyama, Francis Kahata
Strikers: Ayub Timbe, Michael Olunga, Ovela Ochieng, John Avire, Masud Juma
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