Bafana in camp ahead of Africa Cup of Nations qualifier clash

Stuart Baxter
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Bafana Bafana are in Camp at the Steyn City in the North of Johannesburg.  The team is preparing for a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles.

The match will be played at the FNB stadium on Saturday.

Bafana Bafana Head Coach Stuart Baxter has assembled his troops for the crucial back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations match against Seychelles.

Bafana need to collect maximum points against the Islanders if they want to maximise their chances of qualifying for the continental showpiece. Two overseas based players, Percy Tau and Dino Ndlovu, are yet to join the team as their flights from Europe and China respectively were delayed.

However, Coach Baxter is expecting them to join the team soon.

“Lebo Phiri is joining us for training this afternoon. So those are the two who will be arriving in the same flight, those are the ones who we will be waiting for. The two bones of contention are the injuries to Vincent Pule and Thapelo Morena.”

England based Kamohelo Mokotjo is expected to be the integral part of the team that will be out on the pitch come Saturday afternoon.

Mokotjo says they have learnt some lessons in last month’s nil-nil draw against Libya.

“It’s just another game where we get a chance to perform and get a result. There’s some pressure obviously, but we enjoy dealing with that pressure and perform and get a good results.”

Bafana Bafana legend, Andrea Arendse, is back with the squad as goalkeeper coach after missing the Libya match last month in Durban. Another legend who has joined the team is Shaun Bartlett. The Capetonian is expected to help the strikers who are always found wanting in front of goal.

“As soon as we knew that Shaun was free, then we wanted to get him involved. It is going down the right road. The idea for me came from when I was in the English FA. We invited two legends to attend, to inspire,” says Baxter.