SAFA President Danny Jordaan has this evening addressed the media on the way forward for Bafana Bafana following the withdrawal of two nations from this weekend’s fixture.
Bafana have fallen victim to the ongoing acts of violence across the country stemming from Xenophobia, which has seen caused a political rift between South Africa and several African countries.
This has since spilled over into football, with Zambia and Madagascar standing in solidarity against engaging with Bafana, who were hoping to play a friendly international in preparation for back-to-back 2022 FIFA World Cup fixtures in November.
“We have to now sit with the team and the coach, to deal with the matter that the players have flown here from their local and overseas-based clubs,” explained Jordaan.
“We have to be strong and understand why and what has happened, but make sure these kinds of things don’t interfere [with the camp].
“We will deal further with this matter. The reality where we sit today, is that both games were called off as a result of the events that have unfolded in our country.”
A meeting between SAFA executives and the Bafana technical team as well as players proceeded directly after the press-briefing, as a decision looms on whether they plan an internal friendly or release the players to return to their respective clubs.