City were drawn home against Amakhosi on Wednesday afternoon and speaking after the draw, Mthembu said it’s a start they were hoping for.
“I think it’s better to tap at a higher level from the beginning,” he said. “If you start a cup slow it gives complications but when you start with big games it gives you confidence early on.
“So it is good for us to start with Kaizer Chiefs. We have to step up our game. We have been doing well but it is a matter of using our chances and defending better. It is a good draw for us, especially because we will be home,” added the former Chiefs man.
He is however aware that they have to have a better mentality than they have been showing if they are to get anything of their season.
“We have to change our mental attitude towards games. At some situations, we have to make war and sometimes we have to play smart. We have to get the balance right. We have to know when to play smart and when to go in for the kill,” he said.
City have made some reputation with their hunger for trophies and Mthembu said it’s a culture they want to keep growing in the club.
“This is the right chance for us to get our yearly dosage of cup victory. When you look at City, we play well in big games. We are hungry for success.
“The beauty of cup games is that you don’t have to be fancy you just have to put your heart in it and win it,” he said.