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.
Fifa and the South African authorities have shown little interest in confronting a scandal that weighs on Bafana's image.
Bafana coach Sahes Mashaba has confidence that Bafana Bafana will get through to the next round, despite a difficult draw.
The former Bafana coach is leading a revival at Telkom Knockout finalists SuperSport United.
It was the individual power and pace of Tokelo Rantie that swung the game in South Africa's favour. He now needs to work on consistency.
The African Nations Cup will slip out of the national team's reach if they don't score big against Sudan.
The football association will no longer consider midfielder May Mahlangu for the SA team after he begged off training, saying he needed a rest.
The national football team have proven they can do well under pressure but they are dangerously close to being eliminated.
Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba said on Saturday he would now work on keeping his players grounded after they defeated Congo-Brazzaville 2-0 on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana's coach has based his selection on taking the team to the Nations Cup in Morocco.
The midfielder will play for the national squad after Shakes Mashaba recalled the Ajax Amsterdam player for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Mashaba should beef up the squad and allow more convincing options off the bench, instead of players who haven't even touched a ball in the PSL yet.
Mashaba is back – and he's just as defensive as ever about his push for patriotism over self-publicity.
The continent's biggest footballing event is to kick off amid troubles ranging from dual-identity players to the spread of the Ebola virus.
National squad coach Shakes Mashaba, who relinquished his role as Amajita's mentor, has called for continuity as Safa finds a replacement for him.
There is a dearth of real talent and there is no time to nurture players for Bafana.
Safa has appointed South African coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba as the new head coach of Bafana Bafana, a position he held previously in 2002.
Meet the most dispensable person in SA, Bafana Bafana's coach. But perhaps it's Safa that should be substituted.
Former Fifa investigator Terry Steans says match-fixing involving Bafana may pre-date the friendlies leading up to the 2010 World Cup.