Stuart Baxter has laid out his roadmap for Bafana Bafana’s preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt in June and July. Baxter plans for a squad of fringe players‚ and players with a chance of selection‚ to participate in the Cosafa Cup in Durban as an effective trial in early June. Concurrently‚ assembling in Johannesburg just after that‚ will be an 18-man squad of the core of his team — including Mamelodi Sundowns’ players‚ who might arrive late if they reach the Caf Champions League final on May 31‚ and late-arriving European-based players. Baxter will initially train the Cosafa team‚ then leave them in the hands of assistant coach Molefi Ntseki‚ and depart to take over the Johannesburg squad‚ which will play a friendly in Gauteng. The two streams will amalgamate into a final squad after the Cosafa Cup and travel to Dubai‚ which is mildly hotter than Egypt’s mid-summer‚ for heat acclimatisation and a friendly against Ghana. Baxter said SA’s Cosafa squad will co...

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