By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon
Bafana will face Madagascar on Saturday at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium after Zambia canceled their initially scheduled friendly in Lusaka on the claims of security concerns.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga told South African media that they could not guarantee the security of the visiting team.
All this happened at the wake of extreme violence from groups of South African youths targeting foreigners, leading to massive arrests and loss of lives and properties.
The decision from the FAZ has been hugely saluted across the continent and beyond, with a huge feeling of disappointment and anger animating the continent over this repeated xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The FAZ statement stated that the “decision was arrived at in consultation with the South African Football Association (SAFA).
“Our game with South Africa has been pushed to the next FIFA window (between 7 and 15 October).”
According to the FAZ’s General Secretary Adrian Kashala, the Chipolopolo will rather face the Brave Warriors of Namibia in Windhoek on September 9, 2019.
This announced friendly against Namibia looks unlikely as Namibia have bigger fish to fry. They will be facing Eritrea on Tuesday September 10, 2019 for a return leg game of the first round qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup scheduled to take place in Qatar.
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