A spokesperson from SAFA has stated that Shakes Mashaba and members of his technical team left Honduras before the Bafana Bafana players because of a lack of seats.
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The Siya crew reported yesterday that, despite the players only landing back in South Africa on Saturday morning, Mashaba was already en route to Johannesburg via Panama and Brazil.
Now, with Mashaba having landed in Mzansi today, SAFA Director of Communications, Dominic Chimhavi, has explained the reasoning behind why he left the players behind in Central America.
Chimhavi said, “There were only a few available seats; six actually and we had to send the coaching staff to prepare for CHAN.
“Remember the entire itinerary was changed after the US authorities changed their earlier stance regarding transit visas. Initially they had said when passing through, there was no need for visas but later on said anyone who touches the USA soil needs a visa.”
The fiasco regarding flights, that led to five Absa Premiership games being postponed, started when Bafana were sent back from OR Tambo airport because they didn’t have transit visas to fly to Central America through the United States.
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When asked who, within SAFA, was responsible for the travel arrangements and planning, Chimhavi neglected to answer the question.