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SOUTH Africa's players have to overcome the talent of Brazil and their understandable feelings of inferiority if they are to carry the hopes of a nation and reach the Confederations Cup final.
Like any opponent going up against the five-time World Cup winners, South Africa knows it is as good as beaten if it goes onto the field for today's semifinal match star-struck by former World Player of the Year Kaka and striker Robinho.
The likes of burly central defender Matthew Booth cannot match the South Americans when it comes to skill - so Bafana Bafana are relying on raucous home support to rouse them to a performance of greater intensity than their opponents can muster.
"We don't want to get carried away putting these guys up on a pedestal," South African goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez says.
"Yes, they're idols to millions and we respect them all as footballers, but we're going to go out there and compete on the pitch."
Fernandez and Booth are among four players in the South African squad that beat Brazil at the 2000 Sydney Olympics - but an under-23 tournament is quite another thing compared to a full international like today's at Ellis Park.
"Playing for a draw against them isn't going to do us any good," South Africa midfielder Teko Modise says.
"When we first came into the camp, we said we want to go to the semis and, now we're here, we also want to go to the final as well. It's possible. The Brazilians are not unbeatable."
But Brazil has racked up 10 goals in group games against World Cup holders Italy, African champions Egypt and the US, compared to the two goals South Africa managed in an easier group.
"But by the same token, we might look on the positive side and say they also conceded goals," striker Katlego Mashego says.
"It's a plus for us that they can concede goals. We get them tired, we might sneak in and have one or two chances. It's not impossible. We just have to give our all."
And South Africa could have the right player to take advantage of any slips by a defence that conceded three times in a 4-3 win over Egypt before tightening for 3-0 wins over the US and Italy.
Bernard Parker made his first mark on the tournament when he stopped his own teammate from scoring a winning goal against Iraq by blocking a shot on the line, but the striker then scored both goals against New Zealand.
Brazil, though, have the statistic that counts. The South Americans have scored more goals than anyone else, two more than European champions Spain.
With Luis Fabiano, Robinho and Kaka exchanging positions fluidly in attack, Booth and his colleagues could be in for a torrid time.
"Tradition doesn't win or lose matches," Luis Fabiano says. "In a semifinal, you have to be careful. To make the final we need to enter the match with the same concentration that we had against Italy.
"It's going to be a difficult match. They are playing at home and will give their lives against Brazil."
One thing that is guaranteed is that Ellis Park will echo to the near-deafening noise of local supporters blowing their vuvuzelas, something that those unfamiliar with South African football have said can be distracting.
"They are expressing themselves and they have a unique way of getting behind the team," Fernandez says.
"The players, the South African ones anyway, are comfortable with it. I hope the supporters go on tonight and blow even louder." - Sapa-AP