Bafana Flight Problems – AFCON Prep Hurt By Airport Issue
Bafana Bafana were meant to be on their way to their pre-African Cup of Nations camp this evening, but it appears they’re facing problems before their tournament even gets underway.
Stuart Baxter and his side have got a friendly against Ghana set up for later this week as they look to get themselves fully prepared for their AFCON opener against Ivory Coast, but it doesn’t look like they will be getting as much time in Dubai as they’d hoped.
The team were seen arriving at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg on Monday as they prepared to fly out to the Middle East, however Baxter and his players were then spotted leaving again not long afterwards after what is believed to be an issue with flights.
According to Siya sources, the South African Football Association had booked the players on different flights out of the country at different times – with one group only due to leave the following morning – despite them all travelling to the airport at the same time.
Now, with Baxter allegedly insisting that the players were not split up from each other, it is thought that they will eventually all fly together at some point tomorrow – meaning that their preparations for the Black Stars will have one day less.
The crew did contact Baxter to try and get clarity on the matter, however he said frankly that he would not be commenting on anything at this point in time.
Dominic Chimhavi, SAFA’s spokesperson, replied to the crew saying, “It's not much of an issue; initially the team was booked to fly out to Dubai together on Monday but upon arrival at the airport they were apparently booked in two batches.
“The coach suggested flying the following day at 10h00 on Tuesday so that the team could travel in the same flight.”