Bafana Bafana have received words of encouragement from an unlikely quarter, Khotso Mokoena, our only medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Mokoena, who went to China minus a coach after he parted ways with Angus Pohl, strongly believes that, much as the dice are loaded against South Africa when they face Nigeria on Saturday, they will win.
Bafana Bafana face the Super Eagles in a 2010 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier which also doubles as a qualifier for the World Cup in the same year.
Nigeria, who have never lost to South Africa in an official match, are one of the favourites to win the Afcon in Angola.
"Granted football, unlike athletics, which is an individual sport, is a team sport," said Mokoena, a die-hard Kaizer Chiefs fan.
"Our players will, however, have to remember that in order to beat Nigeria they will have to do things collectively as a team.
"The same goes for their leaders [technical team]. Self-belief, hard work, which helped me at the Beijing Olympics, will certainly give the guys more than a chance to win against Nigeria," reasoned Mokoena.
After this chit-chat with this likeable Olympic medallist from Duduza, the South African Football Association doesn't have to look too far for a motivator when Mokoena is just around the corner.
"Where there is a will, there is a way," Mokoena reminded us.