Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has warned his team that they face a “much tougher path” in the Caf Champions League this season.
The continental governing body announced the fixtures for the first round of the preliminary phase in Cairo on Monday, and the Buccaneers have been drawn against Zambian outfit Green Eagles.
The first leg will be played in Zambia on the weekend of 9-11 August, with the return match at Orlando Stadium on 23-25 August.
South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns will take on Republic of Congo club AS Otoho d’Oyo, and Masandawana will also play away in the first leg.
Pirates were knocked out in the group stage last season after finishing third on the log behind leaders Esperance and Horoya FC.