The retired former Bafana, Orlando Pirates and Bolton Wanderers hard man backs Bongani Khumalo and company – unconvincing in their two friendly matches against Norway and Algeria – to progress beyond the group stages of the continental competition.
Fish believes Bafana have been under too much pressure in recent times from the local media and an increasingly expectant nation that is painfully enduring the team's downward spiral on the Fifa world rankings.
“Very few people gave us a chance to win the same Cup in 1996 and look at what we achieved in the end,” Fish, who has 62 Bafana caps, tells KickOff.com.
“The important thing for the current Bafana squad is to focus on winning their first match against Cape Verde.
“If they manage to do this, then their confidence will surge and the momentum will carry them through beyond the group stages,” Fish explains.
South Africa will also play against Angola and Morocco in their other Group A matches.
“We are in a tough group but I believe the team has the ability to progress further in the tournament. In the match against Algeria we passed the ball very well and this is the strength that we have as a team.”
Fish advises Igesund to deploy two strikers in all the matches.
“The 4-4-2 formation is favoured by a number of coaches but it also depends on what the coach wants to achieve in a particular match. Using two strikers will give a team more opportunities to score when they are attacking,” he says.