New signing Carlos Tevez watched from the sideline as Manchester City lost 2-0 to Orlando Pirates in the opening Vodacom Challenge tournament match.
FIFA.com caught up with South Africa star Teko Modise, who shares his views on South Africa's prospects in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
SuperSport United held off a late rally from Orlando Pirates to retain their title, while another two former champions were left disappointed.
A surprise defeat for leaders SuperSport United has blown the South Africa Premiership race wide open with the title set to be decided on the final day.
Orlando Pirates kept their South African Premiership title hopes alive on Wednesday with a dramatic 2-1 victory at lowly Maritzburg United.