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Orlando Pirates defender Innocent Maela has given an update on his injury as he confirmed that he reported to the Bafana Bafana camp not 100 percent fit. 

Bafana Bafana are due to open their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign against Morocco on Thursday in Rabat and Maela was able to travel with the side, despite having an abductor problem.  

"I am very confident that things will go well. Coming into camp, I had an abductor problem. During the Royal AM match, I had a problem there. I reported to camp not 100 percent fit, but ever since I got here, the treatement has been good. The guys have been treating me well. The coach has been cautious with my sessions, managing the load. I am confident things will go well and we will see how it goes," Maela said via the Bafana Bafana media department. 

Bafana are currently in Rabat to prepare for the Group K clash against the Moroccans, who are heading to the FIFA World Cup later this year. 

"The journey was difficult. The travelling was a lot, but fortunately for us we are experienced in playing continental football. The first flight was an 10-hour trip and then we had to connect and wait for another hour at the airport and then take another seven hours and 30 minutes trip to get to where we are, and also a bus ride. But these things excite us, they challenge us. That's what we want, so that we can grow and prove to ourselves that we can go through and overcome these challenges." 

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