South Africans hold this special belief that Bafana Bafana will surprise us one day and win a game, writes Mpho Moshe Matheolane.
Africa's biggest soccer tournament starts in Angola on Sunday, overshadowed by an ambush by separatist rebels on the Togo team bus.
African football leaders are to meet Angolan officials on Saturday to seek assurances on the security of players after an attack on the Togo team bus.
Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o will be aiming to leave impressions as gargantuan as the craters that pockmark the streets of the capital, Luanda.
Côte d'Ivoire will again be one of the leading favourites to win the 2010 African Nations Cup, as was the case two years ago in Ghana.
Egypt confirmed their place among the giants of African soccer by winning the major national team and club competitions this year.