Friday Jan 16, 2015. 21:53
Bafana Bafana have safely arrived at their base camp in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea after an 11-hour trip from Gabon.
Bafana Bafana were in Gabon for a training camp ahead of the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament. They played two matches at the training camp – a 1-1 draw against Cameroon and 3-0 win over Mali.
Winger Thuso Phala said that this is the moment the players have been waiting for.
"You can see when you arrive here that there is a vibe that says the tournament is here and about to start.
"We can feel the excitement growing from the among the people we have met, more so among the players as this is the moment we have all been waiting for. We just want to get down to the business of playing,” said Phala.
South Africa opens their account in the tournament with a clash against the number one ranked country on the continent, Algeria on Monday, 19 January.
This will be followed by a meeting with a Senegal on Friday, 23 January with Ghana scheduled as the last group stage match on Tuesday, 27 January.
The CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations tournament starts on Saturday, 17 January when the hosts Equatorial Guinea face Congo Brazzaville at Estadio de Bata in the capital Malabo. The match kicks off at 17h00 local time in Malabo.