Head coach Benni McCarthy has confidently stated that his AmaZulu side can better Kaizer Chiefs' exploits in their debut CAF Champions League campaign.
McCarthy guided Usuthu to an unlikely second-placed finish last season which included a club-record 16-game unbeaten run as they challenged eventual champions Mamelodi Sundowns during the second half of the season.
But despite their lofty league finish, a slim chance remained that could fail to clinch a place in Africa's elite club competition without having kicked a ball - as Chiefs went all the way to the final.
For all their struggles to finish eighth in the domestic league, had Chiefs beaten Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly, McCarthy and his troops would have dropped down to the Confederation Cup.
And McCarthy feels they've shown enough last season to suggest they can challenge for the title as Amakhosi did in their remarkable run to Casablanca.
"We can go one better than Kaizer Chiefs in the Champions League. No disrespect to Chiefs but we genuinely think we can do better‚" he said on Thursday.
"The president [Zungu] said it, we're not going in there in the Champions League just to add numbers. We're going because we see ourselves as title contenders.
"If we look at what we did last season, [we] finished second and what Kaizer Chiefs did in the league and then finished runners up in the Champions League, I think we got a hell of a shot of going all the way.
"With all due respect to Chiefs, but I think if they can reach the final of the Champions League, we can go one better. Why not?"
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The Bafana Bafana legend reiterated that he's not trying to undermine Chiefs achievements but rather emphasise how good his squad has developed since his arrival.
"I'm genuinely not meaning that to disrespect anybody, we challenge ourselves every day and we think we have got what it takes," South Africa's all-time record scorer added.
"They are a great club, they're fantastic. Domestically they've shown us what they can do and in the continent, they showed what they can do.
"We've shown what we can do domestically, and now we got a chance to show what we can do internationally. We want to go one better."
The KZN-based outfit start their new season against Cape Town City in the MTN8 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 15 August (18:00).