Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana’s international friendly against Zambia has been called off due to the ongoing xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
“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 said in a statement on Tuesday night.
The general secretary of FAZ, Adrian Kashala, said Zambia would now play Namiba in a friendly on Monday.
South African Football Association (Safa) communications manager Dominic Chimhavi said: “We have just received correspondence from FAZ to say that they cannot undertake this match with the ongoing violence in South Africa, including the targeting of their own people.
Johannesburg and Pretoria have experienced “shutdowns” that have seen foreign nationals attacked by South Africans and businesses looted with some torched.