After experiencing their worst tournament in 11 years on the sevens circuit in Dubai last weekend, a fit Afrika would be the ideal tonic to lift the Blitzboks and re-ignite their challenge for honours.
Born in Port Elizabeth, Afrika is desperate to play in front of his home fans and show the form that earned him the Player of the Year award.
Afrika, who did not make the trip to Dubai because of a knee injury, linked up with the squad in Port Elizabeth yesterday, where his condition will be assessed by the team’s medical staff.
The Blitzboks will have to hit the ground running in Port Elizabeth as their first opponents are the Dubai champions Samoa.
Organisers are predicting 40000 fans inside the stadium to cheer the home side on in their opening game of the two-day event.
After the Samoa clash, the Blitzboks play France and then Australia on what promises to be an action-packed opening day.
The South African team will only be named on Thursday and, apart from Afrika, Treu has other injury worries to consider.
The team will also name a replacement for injured skipper Kyle Brown, who suffered a broken ankle against England in Dubai.
The gifted Afrika played a key role for South Africa last year when they qualified for the final before eventually losing to the All Blacks.
After finishing third in the opening leg of the series in Australia, the Blitzboks lost further ground in the overall standings when they were eliminated from the cup event in Dubai after losing two matches on the opening day.
Afterwards, Treu said his team would try to put the Dubai disappointment behind them as quickly as possible and to regroup for their home tournament.
“Overall, it was a disappointing tournament for us,” Treu said.
“We now have to regroup, get our focus back and to make amends in front of our home supporters in Port Elizabeth.
“We were poor and there are no excuses. We don’t prepare to go the Bowl competition, it is a big disappointment. Firstly losing Branco du Preez and then our captain, Kyle Brown, and then to go into the Bowl. We don’t work this hard to play on that side of the draw.”
New Zealand lead the World Series on 38 points after two rounds, followed by Fiji, Kenya, Samoa (all on 32), France (27) and South Africa (24).