The Bafana Bafana squad left South Africa early on Tuesday, but only arrived in Yaounde late on Wednesday after flight cancelations in Douala and an eventual five-hour bus trip and a 36-hour journey in all.
“Waiting at the airport for the next flight was not going to be an option as there were no guarantees that it would arrive and we didn’t want to find ourselves stranded again in the middle of the night,” South Africa coach Gordon Igesund said. “The fact is that it is not the ideal preparation, but we will not allow it to upset us, what is done is done.”
Weary South Africa are two points behind Ethiopia, who are away to Botswana in Group A’s other game today.
Elsewhere, Tunisia lead Group B by five points ahead of their visit to Sierra Leone, the Republic of Congo surprisingly lead Group E by six points, Algeria and Mali are locked in a battle at the top of Group H, while Senegal top Group J.