Cape Town - Argentina will have the chance to exact revenge of sorts when they travel to Dusseldorf for a friendly international with Germany on Wednesday, an instant repeat of the recent World Cup final in Brazil.
The match comes almost exactly two months after Mario Gotze crowned Germany world champions in Rio de Janeiro’s famous Maracana, but both sides will line up a little differently as they begin a new cycle to the 2018 finals in Russia.
German stalwarts Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker have all retired from the national team and that allows for coach Joachim Loew to test out his exciting up-and-coming talent.
New Argentina boss Gerardo Martino, who led Barcelona last season, will eye some rebuilding of his own in what will be a fascinating glimpse at the future of these two great footballing nations. You can watch the drama unfold live on SuperSport 5 on Wednesday, September 3 from 20:30.
Also on Wednesday, September 3, England’s young guns will host Norway as they begin life without Steven Gerrard and under new captaincy in the form of Wayne Rooney. The match kicks off at 21:00.
There is also a feast of 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers to be enjoyed this weekend as the group stages of the preliminaries for the finals in Morocco get under way.
South Africa play their first match under new coach Shakes Mashaba away in Sudan on Friday, September 5, a tough start for the veteran tactician and his new young squad.
It is a first ever meeting between the two nations and Khartoum is no easy place to get a result at the best of times. See if Bafana Bafana can begin their new era in style live on SuperSport 3 with build-up from 18:30.
That same evening Senegal host Egypt in Dakar. African champions Nigeria host Congo in Calabar on Saturday, September 6.
Cameroon will want to make up for their bitterly disappointing 2014 Soccer World Cup as they make the tough journey to DR Congo.
AFCON 2015 QUALIFIERS
Friday September 5:
Sudan v South Africa, Coverage starts at 18:30 (SS3HD/SS3/SS3N/Maximo)
Senegal v Egypt, Coverage starts at at 21:45 (SS3HD/SS3/SS3N/Maximo/Select)
Saturday, September 6:
DR Congo v Cameroon, Coverage starts at 13:45 (SS4HD/SS4/Maximo2)
Zambia v Mozambique, Coverage starts at 14:30 (SS3HD/SS3/SS3N/Maximo)
Nigeria v Congo, Coverage starts at 17:30 (SS3HD/SS3/SS3N/Maximo2/Select1)
Ghana v Uganda, Coverage starts at 17:45 (SS4HD/SS4)
Gabon v Angola, Coverage starts at 17:50 (Maximo)
Tunisia v Botswana, Coverage starts at 20:30 (SS3HD/SS3/SS3N/Maximo)