CAPE TOWN – The Malagasy Football Federation (FMF) have issued a statement explaining the reason behind them cancelling Saturday night's match against Bafana Bafana.
The South African Football Association (Safa) had earlier this week arranged a hastily organised friendly against Madagascar, scheduled for the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
This after the Zambian Football Association had cancelled Bafana's game against Chipolopolo in Lusaka - in protest against the wave of xenophobic violence which has rocked Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The Bafana Bafana players - under new coach Molefi Ntseki, have already assembled in camp but were hit with the news on Thursday evening that Madagascar have now also decided against taking part in the match.
Following a brief announcement by Safa about the cancellation, the Malagasy Football Federation issued a statement of their own to clarify their decision.