CAPE TOWN – The SA Football Association (Safa) has decided against organising a friendly game for Bafana Bafana and has allowed the players to return to their respective clubs.
This came after Zambia had cancelled Saturday's friendly match against Bafana in Lusaka as a protest against the xenophobic violence in Gauteng, and after Madagascar - Zambia's replacement - also pulled out of the hastily scheduled match which was to have taken place at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
The possibility of having a run out against a local club team had been discussed, but this was decided against.
"The decision to release the South African players was taken after a meeting with the players and technical staff on Thursday night," read part of a statement from the footballing governing body.
"The South African Football Association (Safa) has taken a decision to release the players who had been in camp for the week to go back to their clubs.”