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.
In a rare match-up between a top contender and a team from the fourth tier of the local game, Kaizer Chiefs will likely have a light outing.
Coach Pitso Mosimane, with a large pool of players, has embraced the continental mission.
For the Premier Soccer League's top contenders form is key and they'll rely on their star players.
The Confederation of African Football has missed yet another chance to give a clear signal that violence is not tolerated.
The Bafana coach should rethink his selection policy and limit his insistence on subservience.