Nyasa Big Bullets say they have turned down an invitation to participate at the East and Central Africa (Cecafa) Kagame Club Tournament scheduled for July 7 to 21 in Rwanda.
In an interview yesterday, Bullets administration manager Albert Chigoga said much as they would have loved to participate, the club is committed to TNM Super League and Confederation of African Championship (CAF) Champions League preparations.
“We received an invitation letter within the week, but technically we are out. We have written them informing them that we have good reasons.
“We need ample time to prepare for CAF Champions League and we also feel that if we can leave for three weeks it can affect the domestic league,” he said.
Chigoga applauded Cecafa for inviting Bullets.
“Getting such an international invitation just shows that our brand is getting recognised not only in Malawi but also across the borders,” he said.
Chigoga said the organisers requested Bullets to buy air tickets while the hosts would have met other expenses.
He said they indicated that the winners will receive $30 000 (about K22 million), $20 000 K15 million for runners-up and $10 000 (about K7.5million).
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina said Bullets are getting recognised.
The TNM Super League champions were invited alongside TP Mazembe and DC Motema Pembe (DRC), and Zambia’s Zesco.