The Bafana Bafana are in a really tough group with Algeria, Ghana and Senegal – and they will certainly need to be at his best if they want to top the group that contains teams that are ranked higher.
Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba this week named a provisional 34-man squad for the 2015 continental showpiece and has players who can compete with the tough sides in the group.
And Mashaba has certainly made his intentions known. He is not interested in just making up the numbers. He wants Bafana to go all the way.
“We want to win the Cup,” said Mashaba.
“Often we go into these competitions and we only talk about making the next round or such like. We want to get to the final, that’s the aim.”
Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (KV Kortrijk, Belgium), Brilliant Khuzwayo, (Kaizer Chiefs), Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Siyabonga Mpontshane (Platinum Stars).
Defenders: Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Patrick Phungwayo, Thabo Matlaba (both Orlando Pirates), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Siyabonga Nhlapho (both Wits), Kwanda Mngonyama (Maritzburg United), Mzikayise Mashaba (Mamelodi Sundowns), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Ntsikelelo Nyauza (Orlando Pirates).
Midfielders: Andile Jali (KV Oostende, Belgium), Asavela Mbekile, Bongani Zungu (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers, England), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Wits), Thuso Phala (SuperSport United), ReneilweLetsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Jabulani Shongwe (Wits), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mondli Cele (Maritzburg United), Thamsanqa Sangweni(Chippa United), Vuyisile Wana (Moroka Swallows).
Strikers: Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren, Belgium), Bongani Ndulula (AmaZulu), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), David Zulu (Chippa United), Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth, England)