A baptism of fire awaits Shakes Mashaba and his relatively inexperienced Bafana Bafana squad when they take on Sudan in the 2015 Afcon qualifier on Friday.
Sudan will be a closed book to Bafana Bafana, whilst playing away is always an uphill battle due to the hostile environment our players could face when playing in Africa.
As much as Bafana are in a re-building phase, the fans won't be expecting anything less than three points.
The gauntlet has been thrown down before the likes of Komehelo Mokotjo, Bongi Ntuli, Keegan Dolly and Sbusiso Khumalo.
Will these green horns grab this opportunity with both hands or will they succumb to the pressure?
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