Zambia, Madagascar Call Off Bafana Friendlies Over Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa

Zambia, Madagascar Call Off Bafana Friendlies Over Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa

Bafana Bafana have suffered a setback after Zambia and Madagascar pulled out of their proposed international friendlies billed for this weekend due to xenophobic violence in South Africa, Completesports.com repirts.

The Chipolopolo of Zambia were to host Bafana Bafana On Saturday, September 7 in Lusaka in the FIFA international window, security concerns occasioned by the outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa ensured Zambia called off the game.

South African Football Association, SAFA, then turned to The Barea of Madagascar on a stop-gap arrangement to fill the void.

The tie with Madagascar was billed for Orlando, near Johannesburg on Saturday September 7.

But like Zambia, Madagascar turned down SAFA’s request over security concerns too in the aftermath of the attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

“SAFA regrets to inform the public that the match between Bafana Bafana and Madagascar scheduled for this coming Saturday (7 September) has been called off after the visitors (Madagascar) decided to withdraw from the encounter,” SAFA said in a statement on its website.

Describing the development as ‘upsetting’, SAFA spokesman Dominic Chimhavi said the players and staff were ‘shocked’ by the news and were ‘still figuring out what to do next’.
“Apparently [Madagascar] were on their way to the airport when they received a call from the government telling them that they were not allowed to board the plane for South Africa,” Chimhavi said.

“Naturally this is upsetting for all involved.

“I think we both can guess why they’ve done this. It is pretty obvious what is happening in South Africa,” he said.

However, Madagascar Football Federation said in a statement that it was “honored” to be considered to play South Africa but after consultation with various agencies in the country, it was deemed “wise” to decline the invitation on security grounds.


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WORDPRESS: 7
  • Royal 7 months ago

    Abeg make den come Nigeria for a friendly match if all of una no go die finish

     
  • Edoman 7 months ago

    The whole of Africa should boycott South Africa for their xenophobic crusades against fellow African people, Nigerians in particular.

     
    • Pompei 7 months ago

      I support this notion! They should only be admitted into the African football family after they put their house in order.

       
  • Omo9ja 7 months ago

    There we go. God bless these Countries for me. Where are the Amaju supporters?

    You don see am ba? This is how Nigerians should react to the NFF about the tournament they are about to host.

    People are dying in Nigeria every day and the Country is not in good condition to host anything but NFF do not care about Nigerians.

    That’s why I said Nigerians are the problem of Nigeria. Too bad. God bless Nigeria!!!