Bafana secure friendly match against Ghana: Baxter

Stuart Baxter
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Bafana Bafana have secured an international friendly match against Ghana and are working on getting another match against Algeria or Tunisia as part of their preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt next month.

The match will take place in Dubai where Bafana will hold their training camp ahead of the AFCON tournament next month.

Stuart Baxter’s team has been drawn in Group D alongside former African champions Ivory Coast and Morocco, as well as neighbours Namibia. Baxter says the two matches will help them to prepare for their opponents.

The AFCON tournament starts from June 21 until  July 19, and Bafana play their opening match against the Ivoirians on the 24th in Cairo.

Baxter has also revealed that he will be selecting two squads, one to play in the COSAFA Cup which starts from the 25th of this month until the eighth of next month in Durban.

The COSAFA Cup squad which will enter the tournament in the quarterfinal stage will have about 10 players from the Bafana senior squad according to Baxter.

And an 18-man squad comprising mainly players from Mamelodi Sundowns and overseas based players will be assembled in Johannesburg to start preparations for the AFCON and also link up with the COSAFA Cup squad according to Baxter.

Baxter is also leaving tonight for Europe where he will be watching the Swiss based defender Joel Untersee, who is believed to be very close to finalising his paperwork to be eligible to play for Bafana. – Report by Velile Mnyandu