TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets have confirmed their participation in this year’s Cecafa Kagame Cup slated for August 1-15 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Bullets will take part in the competition as guest team.
The People’s Team chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed Bullets’ participation, saying it will help them prepare for Caf Champions League, expected to start in September.
“We have confirmed our participation and we are going as guests,” Nyirenda told media on Friday.
According to www.goal.com, the tournament will attract Young African Sports (Yanga), Azam FC (both from Tanzania), reigning champions Kampala Capital City Authority from Uganda, Uganda Premier League champions Express FC and Kenya champions Tusker.
Atlabara from South Sudan, APR from Rwanda, Burundi champions Massenger Ngozi FC and KMKM SC from Zanzibar have also confirmed their participation in Cecafa Club Championship.
Tanzania champions Simba will not take part in the competition whereas Kenyan giants Gor Mahia are yet to confirm their participation.
Cecafa Executive Director Auka Gecheo said the draw for this year’s tournament will take place on July 27.
“The tournament will help our regional teams to prepare for the Caf competitions in September. We shall have guest team from Malawi to spice up the competition,” he told www.goal.com.
In 2018, Bullets played friendlies against JKU of Zanzibar and Simba of Tanzania but both matches ended in goal-less draws before beating JKU 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium.
Then, they were preparing for a preliminary round fixture against Gor Mahia of Kenya which they lost 4-3 on post-match penalties after 1-1 on aggregate.
The People’s Team also participated in the 2019 Caf Champions League but also were eliminated from the preliminary round after 3-2 loss to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe.
Cecafa invited Bullets through Football Association of Malawi (Fam).
Bullets alongside Silver Strikers, who will take part in Confederations Cup, are busy bolstering their respective squads. But Silver is yet to secure strength testing matches ahead of the tournament.