NLC strike: South Africa circumvent airport closures, to arrive via chartered flight on Wednesday

Amid ongoing labour union strikes in Nigeria which have led to widespread disruptions, the South African national football team is taking proactive measures to ensure their timely arrival for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

The strike has disrupted essential services nationwide, resulting in the closure of schools and hospitals. Many cities are experiencing power outages due to the shutdown of the national electricity grid.

The halting of domestic flights has also posed challenges for the Super Eagles. As of Monday evening, only 15 of their players had reported to camp, with eight yet to arrive.

NLC strike: South Africa circumvent airport closures, to arrive via chartered flight on Wednesday
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In an effort to circumvent the travel challenges posed by the NLC strike, Bafana Bafana have arranged a chartered flight, scheduled to land on Wednesday.

“I have to say that we are travelling by charter to Nigeria, thanks to a big financial effort by SAFA to ensure that we are fit and rested to take on Nigeria on their home turf. This is always in our best interests, so I want to thank them immensely,” Broos told the media.

Broos anxiously awaits fitness updates on South Africa stars

Broos further indicated that key Bafana Bafana stars are dealing with minor injuries ahead of their match against Nigeria. Bafana reconvened for the clash with the Super Eagles on Monday.

NLC strike: South Africa circumvent airport closures, to arrive via chartered flight on Wednesday
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“We all witnessed the cup final (between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates in Mbombela) over the weekend, so it goes without saying that we have injuries. Due to a hamstring injury, Grant Kekana left the camp this morning and has been replaced by Given Msimango of Kaizer Chiefs,” he said.

“We have other injuries from the Sundowns players that played, like Khuliso Mudau, Ronwen Williams and a few others. But we are confident that after the medical department’s assessment, all will be well. It is still a concern though.”

South Africa will play Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Uyo on Friday, and will then return home to host Zimbabwe at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

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