Cape Town - Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters has compared Eric Tinkler's outfit to the historic Santos title-winning side of the 2001/02 season.
The Mother-City born player, who was part of the list of players that made the move from former club Mpumalanga Back Aces stated that the more local players the team has - the more support they will get.
"I think it was always going to be a fundamental part of the club, that we do have locals - from all different cultures as well; that will obviously increase our support base," Walters told the SABC.
"The more locals we have the more local people will be coming to watch our games, families will be coming to our games...they start networking and we will get a better support-base.
"That is part of the club and has to be part of the club for years to come, to always have local players in the team and I think the boss along with the coaches have assembled a phenomenal team," he said.
The former Maritzburg United man also highlighted the grit that some of the players within the squad possess and compared Eric Tinkler's side to the Santos side that historically won the league in the 2000/01 season.
"Like the boss and the coach have said, a competitive team, and I don't want to jinx it but I see that Santos team of 2001, when they won the league...a group of guys coming from all different cultures, but they just had this fighting spirit and that is what we have at this club," Walters added.
"We have fighters, not only good footballers, but fighters. I know the majority of the players at the club even though I haven't played with likes of Robyn [Johannes],[Renars] Rode but I can see they are fighters that don't want to lose.
"It is definitely an interesting time for Cape Town and I think there will be something good happening [at this club] this season," he concluded.