After three days of intensive training under the watchful eyes of coach Stuart Baxter, the South African national team, the Bafana Bafana will fly to Nigeria tomorrow.
Reports from South Africa confirmed that the team trained at Orlando Stadium yesterday and today, and will be leaving for Nigeria on Wednesday.
After watching this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) from their couches, Bafana Bafana players are eager to make a return to the 2019 edition in Cameroon.
The new coach welcomed his players into camp on Sunday as they started preparing for the 2019 Afcon qualifier against the Super Eagles at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Saturday.
Having already replaced injured Dutch-based midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo with Lebogang Phiri, Baxter looks set to be without Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana due to injury too.
Kekana has a thigh strain and will need to be checked by the Bafana medical team, but he is likely to be replaced.
“Maybe I will be back in a week, but I have to check with the doctor in the national team,” said Kekana. He has missed Sundowns’ past two games.
Kekana’s former teammate at Sundowns, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, stressed the importance of starting well in the qualifiers. “We have a good team that’s capable of going to Nigeria and getting a good result. You don’t want to start the qualifying campaign on the back foot and rely on people to win games for you,” said Mphahlele.
“We are going away and I am sure the coach has his plan figured out. Having looked at the teams he has coached, I am looking forward to working with him.”
SuperSport United players – Ronwen Williams and Dean Furman – will join the team once they return from Lubumbashi, after playing TP Mazembe in the CAF Confederation Cup Sunday.