Nyasa Big Bullets have been drawn against South Africa topflight league outfit AmaZulu in 2021-22 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League preliminary round.
Following the draw held on Friday in Cairo, Egypt, the TNM Super League champions will face the Flames captain Limbikani Mzava’s side on September 10-12 in the first leg and on September 17-19 in the second leg.
Bullets chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda welcomed the draw saying they are ready to meet any team.
He said: “As we said we will be ready to face any opposition that we will be drawn against. We entered the competition to compete and not just to participate. We are happy our opponent is from our region and we should be ready for them.”
If Bullets proceed to the first round they will face former champions TP Mazembe on October 15-17 while the second leg will be played on October 22-24.
The successful teams will proceed to the group stage which will kicks off in February 2022, according to a statement from CAf.
Al Ahly (Egypt), are defending champions in CAF TotalEnergies Champions League while Raja Athletic Club (Morocco) are CAF TotalEnergies Confederation Cup holders.
CAF also announced that 12 top ranked countries—South Africa, Algeria, Angola, DR Congo, Egypt, Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia—have entered two teams each.
Ten top clubs—Al Ahly, Zamalek (Egypt), Espérance, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Wydad Casablanca, Raja Casablanca (Morocco), TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Horoya (Guinea) and Simba (Tanzania)—have been exempted from the preliminary round.
Initially, Silver Strikers registered to take part in CAF Confederations Cup, however, the Central Bankers pulled out at the eleventh hour, saying they are not prepared for the tournament.
Among other things, Silver said they don’t have a CAF A coach holder which is the competition’s requirement, following the suspension of Mcdonald Mtetemera on disciplinary grounds. n