South Africa have a tough task ahead of them to qualify for the knock-out stages of the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia next January, after drawing Nigeria and Morocco in the group stages.
The draw for the tournament was made in Tunis on Saturday and it could not have been much worse for Shakes Mashaba and his side,
The fourth side in Group D is lowly Benin, but with just two teams advancing to the quarterfinals, Bafana Bafana will in all likely hood need to beat either of Nigeria or Morocco, something they may find beyond their reach.
The hosts Tunisia were drawn in Group A along with Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea, while Group B sees Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Mali battle it out.
Champions Cameroon will be confident of progressing from Group C, which includes Algeria, Zimbabwe and Egypt.
The tournament runs from January 24 to February 14.
Group A: Tunisia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea
Group B: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali
Group C: Cameroon, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Egypt
Group D: Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa, Benin