Bafana Bafana

SAFA look to 'Plan B' after Zambia call off friendly

accreditation
Bafana Bafana celebrate Bongani Zungu's goal (Supplied)
Bafana Bafana celebrate Bongani Zungu's goal (Supplied)

Cape Town - The South African Football Association (SAFA) are reportedly in talks with Madagascar in the hopes of finding a replacement opponent for Bafana Bafana after Zambia pulled out of their international friendly due to Xenophobic attacks.

Bafana Bafana were set to face Chipolopolo on Saturday, September 7, but the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) called off the scheduled friendly citing "security concerns".

In a statement, FAZ wrote: “The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) regrets to inform members of the public that the international friendly match between Zambia and South Africa that was scheduled for National Heroes Stadium on Saturday, 7 September 2019 has been called off in view of the prevailing security concerns in South Africa. FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala has relayed the message to the South African Football Association (SAFA) about the decision.”

According to Soccer Laduma, SAFA are now scurrying to find a replacement with Madagascar being the latest nation receiving calls from South Africa’s football body.

South Africa last played against Nigeria in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Egypt.

The Super Eagles handed Bafana Bafana a 2-1 defeat in the quarter-final.

Since then, Stuart Baxter shockingly resigned with the cash-strapped SAFA entrusting Molefi Ntseki as his replacement on a four-year contract.

If no friendly matches are successfully arranged during the current international window, Ntseki will then only make his debut in the Bafana Bafana dugout for the first time in November.

South Africa are next scheduled to play Ghana (November 11) and Sudan (November 19) in 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your views on the World Rugby men's Player of the Year nominations for 2021 not including any Springboks?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It's a disgrace! Both Siya Kolisi AND Eben Etzebeth should have been nominated!
39% - 6432 votes
Siya, at the very least, should have been included after a superb season
6% - 1018 votes
Etzebeth has been SA's best player this year and should feel hard done by
21% - 3493 votes
Get over it! Moaning about this just sounds like sour grapes!
33% - 5484 votes
Vote