Cape Town - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena says the club's intensive pre-season preparations are designed to make Bucs a dominant force.
The Sea Robbers ended their tour to Zambia on Wednesday when they beat local side Forest Rangers, and are expected to return to Johannesburg on Thursday.
Pirates have picked up two wins and two draws in their four friendly matches played in that country, including a stalemate with Congolese giants TP Mazembe.
As such, Mokwena takes the view that a solid foundation is being built ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
He told his side's official website: "So far so good. I think as a technical team we can be content, not just with the enthusiasm and the desire to learn that the players are showing, but their coachability and ability to transfer it from a theoretical perspective into practicality.
"When you watch the game against TP Mazembe, although we suffered in certain parts of the game physically, we dominated possession for the most part and that is key for our game model.
"When we played Power Dynamos we were in control and extremely dominant in both the first and second match.
"For us those are signs of the work that we want to do because regardless of the opponent we want to be the dominant force on the pitch.
"We are a big team and so we have to show that big team personality by imposing our game on the opposition.
"The players are on a steady incline with regards to their understanding and application of the game model."