DURBAN – The South African Football Association (Safa) will suffer because of the xenophobic violence that has swept the country in the last week.
It is an open secret that Safa are not in a financial stable condition. Playing against African opposition is probably a more cost-effective option for them than inviting or touring some of the top European nations. But the national football federation will be now forced to dig deep into their pockets in search of quality oppositions from abroad.
Right now there is bad blood between South Africa and our African counterparts politically due to what is perceived as hatred attacks on foreign African nationals in the country. Zambia and Madagascar were the first countries that responded to the crisis by cancelling their clash with Bafana, forcing Safa to release the players back to their clubs.