Cape Town City chairman John Comitis says the continental exploits of Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates are enough motivation to keep them going in next year's Caf Confederation Cup.
Benni McCarthy's men were handed a relatively easy preliminary round draw with Swaziland’s Young Buffaloes which is scheduled for February 2018.
Should they beat Young Buffaloes, City will then take on either of Botswana’s Galaxy FC or Desportos da Costa do Sol of Mozambique in the first round.
“What Sundowns, SuperSport and (Orlando) Pirates have done in these competitions motivates us to go all the way. There is now more prestige in playing in these competitions and Caf have got their act right which is why we fancy our chances,” Comitis told IOL.
“The target is to go all the way. There are no compromises. It’s a good thing that we have been handed a relatively easy start and not a start from hell. Swaziland is easy to access, which means that the logistics are easy. They aren’t a footballing powerhouse. So, [we are] expecting a positive result in our first match isn’t a tough ask,” Comitis said.
In the past, local clubs used the Caf Confederation Cup to play fringe players, but Comitis said that won’t be the case for the Citizens.
“We will put our strongest squad in this competition. If you look at our team, it’s not too far-fetched to think that we can reach the group stage. We are an ambitious team that’s always looking to grow. This competition is an ideal opportunity to do so by taking our brand across the continent,” Comitis concluded.