The support of South African fans will be crucial to the success of the national team's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign, says Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo.
South Africa plays against Cape Verde at the National Stadium in Nasrec, just outside Soweto, at 6pm on Saturday at the 29th edition of the African tournament (Afcon).
There was good news for the hosts when midfield Kingpin Kagisho Dikgacoi returned to full training on Thursday after missing out training on Monday and Tuesday. He joined the rest of his teammates on Wednesday and finished Thursday's session without any complaints.
Captain Khumalo also thanked all supporters and fans who have come out one way or the other to support the South African National team - Bafana Bafana.
"The atmosphere South African supporters always create is world class and absolutely unbelievable," Khumalo said, "and it can inspire every player to go beyond his potential, so coming to this game on Saturday with 90 000 fans is very special.
"You never know when you will have this opportunity again, and we want to make the most of it."
Coach Gordon Igesund said that playing in the continent's biggest football tournament was motivation enough for his players to do well holding on to the trophy and making South Africa proud.