Bafana Bafana have safely arrived in the South Western city of Limbe, Cameroon following a five and a half hour flight and a two-hour road trip.

Bafana Bafana have safely arrived in the South Western city of Limbe, Cameroon following a five and a half hour flight and a two-hour road trip.

The South Africans flew out of Johannesburg just after 10h00 on Thursday, 24 March.

The players will be back on the field on Friday, 25 March in the one and only training session ahead of their clash with the host nation in the first leg of a 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The encounter will be played on Saturday, 26 March 2016 at Stade Limbe Omnisports in Limbe.

Kickoff is at 15h30 local time in Cameroon (16h30 SA Time).

Bafana Bafana and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will meet again in the return leg in Durban on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Kickoff is at 19h00 kickoff.

“We are happy that we travelled with all the 25 players that we have selected and I should convey my greatest gratitude to the South African Football Association for ensuring no player is left behind. Getting us a charter flight to Cameroon and back was a masterstroke and really makes our travel, which is also part of preparations, smoother,” said Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba.

With a lot of injury scares in camp before the squad’s departure to Cameroon, Mashaba was delighted that he now has a full compliment of players to choose from.

“The likes of Andile Jali, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Matlaba and Rivaldo Coetzee were all nursing an assortment of injuries at the start of camp, and at some point I was scared that some players would not make it. But I must applaud our medical team for doing such a magnificent job of ensuring that all the players are back on the field and not on the sidelines as was the case at training this week –,” added Mashaba.

“The flip side of the coin is that this gives the technical team a headache as to who to select for the match – but that is the kind of challenge I would rather have than one where I have no players to select because of injuries. I am just hoping that nothing happens at the last training session on Friday (25 March). The boys know what is expected of them as they know the importance of these two matches. I am confident that we will return home with a positive result which will make for an even tougher clash back home, but we are ready for Cameroon.”

This will be the first ever clash between the two nations in Cameroon.

Bafana Bafana have one point from two matches in Group M which is led by Cameroon who have six points. Mauritania is second with three point, followed by South Africa and Gambia.

SOUTH AFRICA VS CAMEROON – HEAD TO HEAD

P W D L GF GA
7 3 3 1 12 8

 

7 July 1992
v Cameroon 1-0 (Khumalo 82’ pen)
Friendly international
King’s Park rugby stadium, Durban
Coach: Stanley Tshabalala.
9 July 1992
v Cameroon 1-2 (Onana 8’ own goal; Ewane 9’, 87’)
Friendly international
Goodwood showgrounds, Cape Town
Coach: Stanley Tshabalala.
11 July 1992
v Cameroon 2-2 (P Masinga 40’, B Masinga 52’; Pagal 6’, Ewane 46’)
Friendly international
Soccer City, Johannesburg
Coach: Stanley Tshabalala.
3 December 1994
v Cameroon 1-1 (Motale 48’; Kessack Maboang 44’)
Four Nations Cup
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Coach: Clive Barker.
13 January 1996
v Cameroon 3-0 (P Masinga 14’, Williams 37’, Moshoeu 55’)
African Nations Cup finals group A
Soccer City, Johannesburg
Coach: Clive Barker.
19 November 2008
v Cameroon 3-2 (Teko Modise 6’, 23’, Bernard Parker 82’; Ngom Kome 27’, Tchoyi 34’)
Friendly international
Olympia Park, Rustenburg
Coach: Joel Santana.
10 January 2015
v Cameroon 1-1 (Vilakazi 76’; Aboubacar 7’)
Friendly international
Stade d’Angondjé, Libreville, Gabon
Coach: Ephraim Mashaba.

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