The Citizens enjoyed a stellar debut season in South Africa’s topflight, taking Telkom Knockout honours and ending third in the league, just five points behind eventual winners Bidvest Wits.
City have started the 2017/18 campaign under new coach Benni McCarthy in similar fashion, winning their first four games on the trot as they look to continue where they left off.
Rival club skipper Lebusa acknowledges the Citizens have impressed, and feels the rivalry between the two clubs has elevated the level of football in the Mother City.
“They surprised most people, and are doing well – you can’t take anything away from them,” Lebusa tells KickOff.com. “But it’s also good for the city to have two teams competing against each other because there’s bragging rights on offer, so it’s good for Cape Town football.
“We know some of their players, as we’ve obviously played with them before. Sometimes if we have time we do watch their games, and I think they do as well, but there’s no bad blood between us off the pitch, only on it.”
Lebusa says their neighbours’ success has provided motivation for the Urban Warriors, who he feels will have the upper hand this season.
“It [their success] gives us that push, that we can do better than them,” he says. “We want to do better than them, so when we see them winning, we get that feeling of wanting to win too.
“I don’t think they’ll repeat what they did last season, and I think this season, it’s our time.”