Cape Town - Dubai-based Airline company Emirates on Thursday shed light on Bafana Bafana's flight complications that forced the South African men's national team to delay their departure ahead of AFON 2019.
Stuart Baxter's side were forced to delay their departure for Dubai by 24 hours and left on Tuesday morning at 10:00am instead of Monday.
Several players’ flight bookings were different from the rest of the
squad and due to the unforeseen issue, the entire Bafana Bafana team had
to remain stagnant at the O.R Tambo International Airport before they
could board their flight.
"Emirates is aware of the matter concerning the South African men's national football team’s (Bafana Bafana) flight bookings. The team made their travel arrangements with their own booking agent, who booked them on different flights due to late confirmation of the bookings and a subsequent limited capacity on the designated flight," an Emirates spokesperson said.
Bafana will face Ghana in a friendly on Friday before taking on Angola.
Kick-off is at 13:00.
Full Bafana Bafana Squad for AFCON 2019:
Darren Keet (Wits), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Rowen Williams (Supersport)
Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs) , Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani
Hlatshwayo (Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Sifiso Hlanti
(Wits), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City).
Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Dean Furman
(SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Tiyani Mabunda
(Mamelodi Sundowns), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Thembinkosi Lorch
(Orlando Pirates), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Mothiba (Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta
Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi