SAFA comments on AFCON preparations despite glitches

Despite experiencing a few glitches in their build-up to the Africa Cup of Nations, the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has explained that the team prepared in the best possible way ahead of the continental showpiece.

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South Africa played just one competitive friendly match against Ghana, and were left scratching their heads when Angola pulled out of their scheduled friendly on the eve of the match.

Russel Paul, SAFA’s CEO, went into detail regarding the said AFCON preparations.

“The reality is that we prepared as best as we can, according to the plan the coach had given us. There were two games that were requested in terms of the preparation. The one was Ghana and the second one that we confirmed, as we said before and made public, was against Angola,” Paul said, according to

“We had sat down with the Angolans the night before the game and they had agreed, everything was sorted, only for the Angolans to arrive at their team base and say they’ve decided not to play the game. Their reason was that they had no training facilities, so we accepted that. But that’s part of tournament preparations and I think the team put it behind them.”

Paul also explained the confusion that transpired when Bafana were meant to fly out to Dubai for their preparations.

“The issue regarding the flight challenges, those are things that happen quite often, where you get changes and airlines overbook. We announced the squad of Sunday and the squad was leaving on Monday, so there were one or two challenges in getting the right number of seats. But then again, that’s water under the bridge. It was resolved, ” he concluded.

Bafana Bafana are expected back in the country on Saturday, July 13, following their quarter-final loss to Nigeria.

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