South Africa star Steven Pienaar has backed his team to make the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Bafana Bafana face a tough ask if they are to make it out of Group A, with France, Uruguay and Mexico in between them and a place in the knockout stages.
All three are ranked higher than the host nation, however the Everton man believes that his side are capable of causing a major upset.
South Africa warmed up for the tournament curtain raiser on 11th June by drawing 1-1 with Bulgaria on Monday night and Pienaar says preparations for their opening game against Mexico in Johannesburg are showing positive signs.
Pienaar was left on the bench for their warm-up match but the winger hopes he will feature in Thursday's outing against Colombia.
He said: "I rate our chances of doing well in the tournament very high. In fact I am very confident that we will go further than the second round.
"We are definitely ready to go because the confidence is there, the spirit is there and I believe we will do well.
"The team has been doing well and I have been following their progress since they started with the training camps - Durban, Brazil and Germany - because I am part and parcel of the team even though I was not there.
"As for me, I am hopeful that I will get a chance to play against Colombia."
South Africa play another friendly against Guatemala next Monday and Pienaar is hoping he can take some of his domestic form into the tournament.
The Toffees midfielder has enjoyed a fine campaign under David Moyes' stewardship at Goodison Park, leading to talk of a move away in the close season as contract talks to extend his stay on Merseyside have yet to yield a positive outcome.
The 28-year-old is only focused on international matters, though, and Pienaar says he wants a positive result from their Colombia clash as his side bid to spring a surprise in the competition.
Not so worried
He added: "As an individual I have always believed in myself, and I hope in the national team I will carry on the way I finished the season at my club.
"I know a few players of Colombia and it's going to be a big test for us, but I think the closer we get to the World Cup the better we play the likes of Colombia.
"They are very strong and have good players, and also the kind of football they play is South American - more like the Mexican way.
"So come June 11 we will be prepared, and we will play our kind of football so we not so worried about Mexico at the moment."