Bafana Bafana take on Costa Rica away from home on Friday morning, 4am South African time.
The Central Americans impressed during the 2014 Fifa World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals, eventually losing to Holland on penalties.
Former South Africa defender Bradley Carnell points out that Costa Rica could field an experimental, weaker team against Bafana.
“They gave a pretty good account of themselves at the World Cup. They were an exciting team,” Carnell told Goal.com
“Players like Brian Ruiz and Joel Campbell have made names for themselves in Europe which is great to see. Other than that, that region of the world we don’t follow much so it will be interesting to see how they play.”
“They could well give some younger guys a run, maybe they don’t see Bafana as a threat, so maybe it is a chance to test their untested players. It is certainly an exciting prospect to see them play, especially Campbell,” said Carnell.
Costa Rica dropped to 42nd in the Fifa World Ranking, so they haven’t continued to improve after the World Cup. Yet, this is a game where neither team should underestimate one another.
“Bafana has always got this sickness that we play against big countries and we play really well but we have to start on our own doorstep first.
“Pirates players have to first travel to Dubai or something before the Americas, and they left late which is another issue, so it hasn’t been a smooth trip already,” Carnell added to Goal.com