South Africa's Road to Glory: Five threats
1. Ryan Mendes
The Cape Verde Islands have a young side and a largely unknown side, but they do possess some exceptional talent in the form of Ryan Mendes. The former Le Havre and current Lille winger is Cape Verde's creative spark in attack with pace, dribbling ability and a knack for scoring goals for the national side. Mendes has only played 9 times for the Cape Verde Islands, but has three goals to his name all scored during the side's remarkable qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations. South Africa will have to close down the winger and inhibit his influence on the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations on January 19th.