Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has maintained the club’s lofty ambitions in the CAF Champions League and looks towards this weekend's Carling Cup to test their readiness.
Pirates have been drawn to face Zambian side Green Buffaloes in the opening round of the 2019/20 campaign, the first of which is scheduled to run concurrently with the PSL calendar.
Despite having dropped out at the group stage upon their return for the first time since ending as runners-up in 2013 last year, Sredojevic has retained hopes of going all the way this coming season.
"It will certainly be much tougher than the path we took last year considering the level of opposition we are about to face," Sredojevic reflected on his club’s website.
"Green Eagles are a high-quality side that finished strongly in the Zambian League, and they are also coached by Aggrey Chiyangi, who is the caretaker coach of the Zambian National Team. We can expect them to be very strong.
"Starting the tie away from home gives us an opportunity to get our campaign off to a good start and once that is done, the roads will lead either to Zanzibar or Angola for another tough encounter.
"We have, as always, the highest ambitions for CAF and our preparations which began early in our pre-season will continue to the occasion of the Carling Black Label Cup on the 27th of July.
"We need to show our readiness for the big games by continuing to build on the processes and foundations that we have laid down in our pre-season preparations."
Pirates and Chiefs will clash in the pre-season Soweto Derby, for which tickets have since been sold out, at the FNB Stadium this Saturday.