A look at some international football teams that did have something to celebrate.
On paper, Mashaba's men should win but this is a tie fraught with potential pitfalls, not least those of South Africa's own making.
Players entering Equatorial Guinea for the African Cup of Nations tournament will be tested for Ebola, along with all visitors to the country.
Morocco's government has made a plea with the Africa Cup of Nations "to avoid events which involve those countries affected by the Ebola virus".
Nigeria has walked away the champions of the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations. We take a look back at the tournament that was.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which will go down as the year the underdog bit back, concludes on Sunday with Burkina Faso facing Nigeria.
The closing ceremony of the Afcon tournament will showcase some of Africa's top talent, including D'Banj, Zonke, Kelly Khumalo and Micasa.
Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune said Bafana Bafana failed to kill off Mali when they were dominant in Saturday night's Nations Cup quarterfinal in Durban.
If you missed our live Afcon 2013 video chat with 'footie writer' Carlos Amato, check out the highlights package with everything you need to know.
Join our live video with soccer fundi Carlos Amato about the Afcon and Bafana Bafana's upcoming quarterfinal on Saturday.
He probably wasn't aware of it, but substitute Dove Wome's goal in the third minute of injury time in Togo's win over Algeria could prove priceless.
Bafana coach Gordon Igesund came across as studiedly relaxed at yesterday's press conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Seydou Keita's perseverance has given Mali a 1-0 win over Niger and the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 tournament its first goal.
Bafana Bafana kicked off the opening match against Cape Verde, but left millions of South Africans disappointed with the match drawn at 0-0.
We look at this week's headlines; from the Afcon kick-off to Amplats' plan to axe 14 000 workers and Lance Armstrong's bare-all interview with Oprah.
The government has urged South Africans to be nice to visitors during the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament.
South Africa - tumbling down Fifa's rankings - can "shock people" and make a bold bid to win the African Cup of Nations, coach Gordon Igesund said.
Andre Ayew will not play at Afcon after being excluded from Ghana's squad for not reporting to a training camp to have an injury assessed.