Cape Town - Cape Town City will be relishing the visit of in-form Orlando Pirates on Wednesday in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 at the Cape Town Stadium.
City have coach Benni McCarthy back in the country after he missed the 1-0 win over Costa do Sol in the CAF Confederation Cup to attend a UEFA Pro License course in Manchester.
McCarthy's side have failed to live up to standards of the previous campaign when they won a trophy under Eric Tinkler, and the Nedbank Cup is their only hope for silverware this season.
Citizens boss John Comitis was confident that his team would give Pirates a run for their money after their impressive performance in Mozambique last week.
"We have a huge game against Pirates on Wednesday," Comitis said. "I think it's all going to depend on who is best on the day.
"But we have prepared well and we haven't skimped on anything; we are ready."
Meanwhile, Bucs coach Milutin Sredojevic feels the test in the Mother City will give a picture of what his side are trying to achieve this term.
"This is a match that will tell us where we are at present and where we are going," the Serbian said.
"It's a final before the final. We know that there is a demand for us to deliver silverware at the club.
"We are looking forward to giving our fans tablets to heal their souls for everything that has happened in the past. We have the mental strength that can carry us in that match."
Pirates go into the match high on confidence after defeating Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in their last match.
Kick-off is at 19:30.