How Bafana camp turned to shambles

SA National Teams

Bafana Bafana have been left to disperse just four days into their camp following the withdrawal of two opponents for an international friendly.

Bafana assembled on Sunday evening in Johannesburg with the intention of traveling to Zambia for a fixture at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday afternoon.

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However, Chipolopolo later pulled out of the tie to take a stand against the unrest and violence against foreign nationals that has broken out across South Africa, prompting SAFA to call on Madagascar to replace them on Wednesday.

But less than 24 hours later, the Barea also cancelled their plans to travel for a fixture arranged for Saturday evening at Orlando Stadium, and SAFA president Danny Jordaan has since explain what exactly unfolded.

“I had a discussion with the ZAF president Andrew Kamanga to talk about matters around the match between Zambia and Bafana, we then agreed that the climate home and away is not conducive,” explained Jordaan.

“In that context, we decided the match should be rescheduled to a time when the conditions would favour the rivalry between South Africa and Zambia.

“We then discussed with the Madagascar FA president, and he agreed that they would put a team together and come play on Saturday at 7pm at Orlando Stadium.

“[Thursday] we got a letter from them after they were at the airport, about to board their flight, but were asked to get off the plane and told they would not come and play against Bafana in South Africa.

“So, if that does not convince people in our country that this is a serious matter... Everyone needs to condemn this, not just SA Football.”

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