Carlos Amato picks new stars who could steal the Africa Cup of Nations show and lists some of the matches you can't afford to miss.
Bafana Bafana need some of the grit and fire shown by the team, coached by Clive Barker, that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is confident the Africa Cup of Nations will be a success, despite initial hiccups in the organising of the tournament.
The outcome of this season's English Premier League title race will be shaped by a tournament taking place kilometres away in South Africa.
On the eve of the Africa Nations Cup, local football fans are thrilled by the prospect of seeing the continent's finest players at work.
Gordon Igesund and the team have one last chance to prove themselves ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations opener.
Safa will send an observer team to the Africa Cup of Nations this week in preparation for the 2013 tournament which will be hosted by South Africa.