Bafana's departure delay explained

Bafana Bafana were held back at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday evening when they were supposed to jet out to Dubai to continue their AFCON 2019 preparations.

The association has since provided clarity on the situation, which saw the team hover around the airport rather than board their flight initially scheuled for 19h10.

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"Most of Bafana Bafana support staff left South Africa on Monday evening but the rest of the team flew to Dubai this morning, (Tuesday, 11 June 2019)," read a statement from SAFA on Tuesday.

"The whole team was supposed to fly out on Monday at 19h10. However, upon arrival at the airport the Airways insisted on flying the team in two separate batches – one at 19h10 and the other at 10h00.

"Coach Stuart Baxter then suggested flying out on Tuesday so that the team could fly in the same flight.

"The team will go straight to training in the humid Dubai heat which is hovering around 40 degrees Celcius."

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The FA have also confirmed a friendly against Angola for June 19 in Egypt, "at a venue between Suez and Cairo where Angola and South Africa will be based respectively."

This will come four days after they face Ghana, who lost to Namibia n a friendly over the weekend, on June 15 in Dubai, before they leave for the AFCON finals on June 17.

Bafana kick-off their campaign against Ivory Coast on June 24 in Cairo, before meeting the Brave Warriors and then Morocco to round off their group stage campaign.

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