Bafana Bafana have finally arrived in Dubai for their pre-tournament Africa Cup of Nations camp, and are excited about playing in their first warm-up game against Ghana.
But warm is the operative word for the South Africans – they are dealing with temperatures in the region of 47 degrees in the UAE, which has forced their first friendly against the Black Stars to be moved from 3pm to 5.30pm on Saturday.
It will take the form of a practice match to allow all players from both sides to get game time.
Bafana’s preparations were already hampered by the withdrawals of Keagan Dolly (injury) and Rivaldo Coetzee (personal reasons), while they also left Johannesburg a day late due to flight delays.
As a result, following their Ghana clash, Bafana will leave for Cairo on Sunday instead of Monday, ahead of a second friendly against Angola on Wednesday, 19 June at a venue between the Suez region and Cairo.