Johannesburg – The SA Football Association (Safa) has postponed all football fixtures at all levels across the country scheduled for December 14 and 15 as countless venues around the country will be hosting prayer services honouring former president Nelson Mandela.
“The entire world is set to participate in what will mostly be the biggest funeral in history and the South African football family will be a big part of it. Services will be held in stadiums all around the country and the football community are asked to join in these prayers and commemorations,” Safa CEO Dennis Mumble said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Therefore, following consultations... please be informed that all football fixtures scheduled for 14-15 December 2013 at all levels in the country must be postponed to a later date.
“Most of these venues will be prepared for use on the day before the actual funeral of Madiba and therefore be inaccessible on both days listed above.”
Mumble said he trusted that all Safa structures would demonstrate their devotion to the ideals that Madiba stood for and be part of the activities scheduled for this coming week. – Sapa