By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has taken a tough decision to call off a scheduled friendly game against South Africa in Lusaka on Saturday September 6, 2019 due to riots in South Africa.

The riots in Johannesburg and the South African capital Pretoria left at least five people dead.

Police arrested more than 80 people and confirmed the five deaths.

The violence intensified on Tuesday with groups of youths attacking and looting mainly shops owned by foreigners.

In a statement released by the FAZ on Tuesday, they cited “prevailing security concerns in South Africa” as the main reason why they were cancelling the game though it was suppose to take place in Zambia.

In 2015 similar violence in South Africa led to the loss of seven lives.

The game is expected to be played in October during the international break.

South Africa are now negotiating with other teams which could be available for a friendly on Saturday within such a short call.

According to reports from the local media they are in advanced talks with Madagascar for a friendly in Johannesburg on Saturday.

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