Madagascar has called off its scheduled International friendly match against South Africa in the wake of xenophobic attacks on other African nationals in that country.
The football match was scheduled for Saturday, September 7, but in a statement on its Facebook page on Thursday, Madagascar’s Federation of Football said it was honoured 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.
The Bafana Bafana of South Africa confirmed this development on their verified Twitter handle.
“SAFA regrets to inform the public that the match between Bafana Bafana and Madagascar scheduled for this coming Saturday (7 September) at Orlando Stadium has been called off after the visitors (Madagascar) decided to withdraw from the encounter,” the country’s football body tweeted.
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
Madagascar was a last minute replacement for Zambia, who pulled out also as a result of the Xenophobic attacks.
On Wednesday, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) pulled out of hosting the Bafana Bafana in Lusaka this Saturday, citing “prevailing security concerns”.