USA-based midfielder Mike Azira and teenager Edrisa Lubega are the surprise inclusion in the team for the double-header.
“We need to lift our character ahead of this double-header because we are a good team. The first leg is very crucial and it will count so much in our bid to qualify”, said Micho.
Uganda will face Burkina Faso away in Ouagadougou on Saturday, 26 March 2016 before hosting the return three days later in Kampala.
On the inclusion of Azira, Micho observed that the unavailability of Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, who has been busy with his new Finish club arrangement, necessitated the call-up of the Colorado Rapids midfielder to give cover.
“Mike Azira has been active with Colorado Rapids. He recently had a man-of-the-match performance against LA Galaxy (which has Steven Gerrard), and I believe it’s time to give him the chance at this stage” added Micho.
Other players making returns to the Cranes are Mike Sserumaga, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Danish-based striker Emmanuel Okwi.
Uganda leads the group on six points from two games, with Botswana and Burkina Faso trailing on three points apiece, and Comoros at the depth with no point.
Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (St George, Ethiopia), James Alitho (Vipers), Salim Jamal (El Merriekh, Sudan)
Defenders: Denis Iguma (Al Ittihad, Lebanon), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Joseph Nsubuga (Bright Stars), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA), Denis Okot Oola (KCCA), Isaac Muleme (SC Villa), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta, Iraq), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA), Bernard Muwanga (Bright Stars)
Midfielders: Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids, USA), Aucho Khalid (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Moses Oloya, Yassar Mugerwa (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Tonny Mawejje (Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, Iceland), Ivan Ntege (KCCA), William Luwagga Kizito (Feirense, Portugal), Mike Sserumaga (SC Villa), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium)
Forwards: Geoffrey Massa (Bloemfontein Celtics, South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Sonderjsyke, Denmark), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers), Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza (Simba, Tanzania), Ceasar Okhuti (KCCA), Edrisa Lubega (Proline)