Just few days after the football match between Zambia and South Africa was cancelled because of a spate of xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and Pretoria, Madagascar too has pulled out of their friendly with Bafana Bafana.
Concise News reports that South African Football Association (SAFA) through the official Twitter account for the country’s national football team announced the development on Thursday.
Breaking News: 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. pic.twitter.com/HVD6nRLu4r
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) September 5, 2019
Bafana Bafana had been billed to confront the Egypt 2019 surprise package at the Orlando Stadium, but the visiting team decided to withdraw from the encounter.
Earlier, South Africa and Zambia were set to meet in the National Heroes Stadium in the Zambian capital of Lusaka Saturday, but the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) called off the match.
The decision of both Zambia and Madagascar comes after a series of violent clashes between South Africans and foreign nationals which has resulted in the reported deaths of five people, with 189 people arrested as foreign-owned shops and businesses were ransacked in broad daylight.