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Bafana AFCON warm-up games confirmed

Thulani Hlatshwayo and Buhle Mkhwanazi (Getty Images)
Thulani Hlatshwayo and Buhle Mkhwanazi (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana will play Ghana (Saturday, June 15) and Angola (Wednesday, June 19) as part of their final preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Angola match was confirmed this past weekend by both associations and will be played at a venue between Suez and Cairo where Angola and South Africa will be based respectively.

Both Angola and South Africa agreed that the match will be more of a practice game as the two teams want to give almost all of their players a run during the game.

The practice game comes four days after Bafana Bafana meet the Black Stars of Ghana in an international friendly in Dubai.

The team will then leave Dubai for Egypt on Monday, 17 June where final preparations will get underway.

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.)

The whole team was supposed to fly out on Monday evening at 19:10.

However, upon arrival at the airport, the Airways insisted on flying the team in two separate batches – one at 19:10 (on Monday night) and the other at 10:00 on Tuesday morning.

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.

Bafana get their tournament started against Ivory Coast on Monday, June 24 in Cairo before playing at the same venue on Friday, June 28 against Namibia.

They then round off their group stage with a match against Morocco on Monday, July 1.

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