Quarterfinalists stumbled in midweek PSL games, but they could have held back for Telkom tournament.
Previous form against the Ivorians suggest Banyana are marginal favourites, but any optimism is tempered by the bitter memory of past letdowns.
The national football team have proven they can do well under pressure but they are dangerously close to being eliminated.
Bafana Bafana's coach has based his selection on taking the team to the Nations Cup in Morocco.
Two months in and several coaches are already uneasy in their seats.
The Amakhosi have made a great start to the season but a resurgent Pirates are after the MTN8 booty.
Mashaba should beef up the squad and allow more convincing options off the bench, instead of players who haven't even touched a ball in the PSL yet.
Mashaba is back – and he's just as defensive as ever about his push for patriotism over self-publicity.
Kaizer Chiefs will be seeking to stretch to eight games their winning start to the new season that has put them at the top of the league standings.
There is a dearth of real talent and there is no time to nurture players for Bafana.