The image of the stylish golden boy of South African football's golden age will live on.
Mamelodi Sundowns have imploded, opening the door for two other clubs to bump them out of second place.
Tactically Sundowns were outsmarted by Clinton Larsen, the Celtic coach who had travelled to Mbombela in the last week to spy on the opposition.
Cameroon is the biggest obstacle on the path to Afcon, but two minnows could pull out a surprise.
After tepid home displays South Africa's three representatives are likely to bow out of Africa.
SA have fallen prey to Nigeria many times, but now have a chance to down the wounded Super Eagles.
After the African Nations Cup debacle, Shakes seems to have no choice but to bring back Bafana's brash foreign-based players.
Chiefs will have to be creative and Downs will be well-prepared for their next round in the Champions League.
With Kaizer Chiefs back to winning ways in the league and Pirates floundering in their wake, this weekend's Soweto derby has lost its edge.
The Mamelodi Sundowns coach is confident his club can bypass Chiefs for the PSL title, as they did last season.