South African hopes rest on the shoulders of Kaizer Chiefs in the Gauteng Future Champions international soccer development tournament that reaches its climax at Safa Soweto Stadium this weekend.
The semifinals take place today with Chiefs Mzansi's sole survivors after Moroka Swallows, Johannesburg Invitation and Sedibeng Invitation failed to make it past the group stage.
Besides Amakhosi, who eliminated Brazil's Corinthians 1-0 through a goal by Tshegofatso Ramabu, the other three clubs in action today are Italy's Inter Milan, Boca Juniors of Argentina and Tunisia's Esperance.
Chiefs, who are coached by Doctor Khumalo, take on Boca Juniors in the first semifinal at 1pm, while Esperance and Milan meet at 2.30pm in the second one. The final will be played tomorrow.
"We felt the games should be played early on Saturday so that people can go and watch Bafana Bafana and Norway," said Phil Mogodi, Safa Soweto boss.
"The support we have been getting for this tournament has been great and we appreciate what MEC Barbara Creecy and her department are doing to help us in the development of the game in Gauteng."
Twelve teams competed in the tournament sponsored by the Gauteng department of sports, arts, culture and recreation, which Creecy heads.
She said the aim of this tournament is to help create a bigger pool of players for Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Creecy also said they wanted to use the tournament to expose South African players to international soccer.