Bafana Bafana’s preparations for their 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Central African Republic are back on track following their safe arrival at their base in Yaoundé, Cameroon last night.
The squad had to endure a long and tiring five-hour road trip by bus after their connecting flight was cancelled and had spent Tuesday night in Douala, Cameroon following their cancelled connecting flight to Yaoundé where they will play the Central African Republic (CAR) in a 2014 World Cup Qualifier on Saturday, 8 June 2013.
Bafana will take on Central African Republic at 15h00 local time (16h00 in SA) in Yaoundé on Saturday.
A statement from SAFA said, “Reasons given by authorities for the cancellation of the first flight was that it was not on schedule despite the fact that the South African Football Association (SAFA) had fully paid for the airfare.
“Bafana Bafana were dealt another blow when their flight to Yaoundé on Wednesday afternoon was also cancelled. This time the explanation given was that the plane was stuck in Yaoundé and needed some fixing and would only be available at 22h00 at night.
“National coach Gordon Igesund took the decision to take the squad on a road trip to avoid further delays as a lot of preparation time had been lost due to the first cancellation.”
In the same statement, Igesund said, “Waiting at the airport for the next flight was not an option as there were no guarantees that it would arrive, and we didn’t want to find ourselves stranded again in the middle of the night. So we had to think on our feet and make a move.
“It is very frustrating to have to go through such, but I had warned the players that we should expect such things. But thank God we have arrived safely and the players are in high spirits. The saga is behind us and we don’t want to make any accusations. We must just look forward to our mission. At the end of the day we can’t look back, we can’t harp on this matter - life must go on. We are here to do a job and we will do it to the best of our ability.”
Bafana Bafana will have their first training in Cameroon this afternoon (Thursday).