2026 World Cup Qualifiers: South African team reportedly stranded at Port Harcourt airport

Emerging reports indicate that South Africa’s national football team and technical crew spent the night in Port Harcourt as they were unable to travel to Uyo for their 2026 FIFA World Cup fixture against Nigeria.

According to Daily Post, the contingent arrived Port Harcourt, Rivers State from Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday night, June 5.

South African team reportedly stranded at Port Harcourt airport

The players and officials were said to have been unable to travel to Uyo because the airport had closed by the time the team was scheduled to take off.

Hugo Broos’ side are now expected to make the trip to Uyo on Thursday morning. The clash with Super Eagles is slated for the ground at 8pm on Friday.

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CorrectNG recalls that Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali expressed confidence that the Nigerian national team has more quality than South Africa.

Bafana Bafana has a slight edge ahead of the Super Eagles in Group C as they occupy second position with three points. While Finidi George’s boys have amassed two points from the same number of matches.

Speaking ahead of the game, Nwabali told Lagos Talks said with the calibre of players in his side, he does not believe there will be much of a challenge from any other team.

The Chippa United goalie said; said; “Football is the same everywhere but I don’t feel that with the kind of players we have, we can have any challenge in any game, especially in our group. But you cannot predict football.

“Talking about South African players I would say I know them. We have good players in our country too so I’m not talking about those guys, they are good in their own way of playing. I’m not talking about them because if we can put ourselves together, they cannot match us.”