WHOEVER plays Manchester City in the final of the Vodacom Challenge in Tshwane on Saturday should expect sturdy resistance from English Premiership big spenders.
The Blues will be reinforced by their new signing Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togolese forward is expected on these shores tomorrow after sealing a five-season deal with City on Saturday.
This was the day Mark Hughes' side suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first match of the much-vaunted tournament against Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium, in Polokwane.
Adebayor is unlikely to feature for his new team in the second match of the tournament against Kaizer Chiefs at King's Park Stadium in Durban. Kick-off is at 8.15pm.
City will also have Robinho and Elano for the final and it will be foolhardy of either Chiefs or Pirates to undermine the visitors on Saturday. The Brazilian pair are expected in the country on Thursday.
City are guaranteed a place in the final irrespective of whether they lose or not against Amakhosi tomorrow.
Chiefs face traditional rivals Pirates in the third leg of the tournament in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
Hughes stressed after Saturday's match against Pirates that they were keen to do well in the 10th edition of this off-season event.
But he was quick to emphasise that it will not be easy against Chiefs.
"It was a good exercise and I'm happy with the way we played today [Saturday]. We have players who are at different levels of conditioning but I'm happy that we are competing in this tournament as this will help us to address this.
"Our opponents today were good and we expect the same competition from Kaizer Chiefs."
Bucs' mentor Ruud Krol was justifiably excited about the win.
"It [the win] has lifted our spirit going into the Thursday match. I'm happy with the way we played and I'm must say that both teams played very well. This tournament will also help me to assess new players in the team. I have a very big squad but I hope to trim before the start of the season."
The new signings in the Pirates line-up against City were Ndumiso Mabena, Blaise Kiaku, Frank Olivier, Phenyo Mongala and Andile Jali.
Mongala marked his arrival at the Buccaneers ship with a goal that sealed a victory for Pirates.
The former University of Pretoria player found the net in the 57th minute.
Their opener was struck by Lucas Thwala from the penalty spot. Pirates were awarded the penalty following a foul by City defender Ben Mee on Olivier just before the break.