Bafana were hit with withdrawals as clubs prepare for the start of the new season.
“It has been the most difficult camp I have ever had‚” Baxter told TimesLive.
“We had pull-outs and cancellations and we had people coming to camp and leaving and I understand the clubs.
“I am not criticising them but this tournament at this time‚ it is a very difficult one for us.”
The English mentor believes his side are prepared to face Zambia having gone through a full week of training ahead of the clash.
“The boys have worked their socks off and will give off whatever they can.
“But this is the most difficult tournament I have ever experienced.
“We are trying to find a way of making Cosafa and Chan a meaningful experience for our players but it has been very difficult.
“Players are coming in and out and it makes it difficult for me if I do not know who the players are.’’