South Africa kicks off in an Afcon group of death, of which the opponents are at least aware. Safa however is already happy with the placement alone.
A change in the International Tennis Federation rules makes it impossible for tennis players to switch their allegiance and play for another country.
Football doesn't have to be black or white, say those who remember when a nonracial era beckoned.
Coach Gordon Igesund has named his "strongest squad bar none" to face Brazil in a friendly international football match at FNB Stadium in early March.
South African Craig Tiley, the man behind the Australian Open, says a "think big, act boldly" plan will turn things around for local tennis.
Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane does not rule out Benni McCarthy and Mbulelo "OJ" Mabizela from future international selection.
It is significant that a local team of under-15 players reached the final of a global tournament.
"What has happened to my team?" This clearly pained question was the first statement by the first black president of Sata, Bongani "Wire" Zondi.
Only days after his 20th birthday, Bafana Bafana prodigy and Ajax Cape Town midfielder Thulani Serero will travel to Holland this weekend.
It was tough, torrid and with a touch of desperation from both teams as Moroka Swallows beat Maritzburg United 1-0 in a bruising PSL game.