When Tunisia champions Esperance face Nigeria representative Plateau United it will be without 3 of their key players as the team coach Nabil Maaloul released the list.
Before their departure to Nigeria on Thursday the coach announced the 24-man list and the trio of Ben Romdhane, Yaakoubi and Machmoum were completely left out of the team.
The reason for their ouster was not disclosed as the selected players joined the Airforce chattered flight that will convey them to Nigeria.
They are expected to arrive in Nigeria later on Thursday for the mouth-watering encounter that is slated for Sunday at the MKO Abiola Stadium In Abuja.
Espearance will hope to relaunch itself after a difficult last season which led to the sacking of their former manager Jaidi Raidi.