TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets have been handed a tough draw on their return to Cecafa Kagame Cup slated for August 1 to 15 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The draw, which was conducted in Ethiopia yesterday, saw Bullets being drawn in Group C alongside Tanzania giants Young Africans Sports Club (Yanga) and newly crowned Uganda Premier League champions Express FC.
Bullets are returning to the competition after a 25- year absence as they step up preparations for Caf Champions League slated to kick off in September this year.
In reaction to the draw, Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda said it was an opportunity to expose players.
“We are going there to compete. We know Yanga are a very good team but we know this is a chance for us to prepare well for the Caf Champions League,” Mponda said Tuesday.
Group A comprises Cecafa Kagame Cup defending champions Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) from Uganda and Le Messanger Ngozi FC from Burundi whereas Group B has 2015 Cecafa Cup winners Azam from Tanzania, Altabara of South Sudan and Tusker from Kenya.
Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina said it was a fair draw for Bullets.
“This should be a blessing for Bullets in that they are not going to Tanzania solely for honours but to learn too. These two giants will give Bullets an opportunity to have a feel of what is expected in Caf Competition as these two teams have been part of these competitions for years,” Masina said.