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Madagascar Cancel Friendly Match Against South Africa Due To Xenophobic Attack

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At first it was the Zambia that cancel a friendly football match against Bafana Bafana, quickly the South Africa Football Association arrange another friendly with Madagascar that however, has been cancelled also. SAFA report on Thursday via their twitter handle.

The association said on Twitter;

SAFA regrets to inform the public that the match between Bafana Bafana and Madagascar scheduled for this coming Saturday (7 September) has been called off after the visitors (Madagascar) decided to withdraw from the encounter,

However the Madagascar Football governing body earlir released a statement;

The Malagasy Football Federation has been approached by the South African Football Federation (SAFA) to organize a friendly match between the national team of Madagascar and that of South Africa.

Honoured by the consideration and finding it a good opportunity to prepare the Malagasy team for its upcoming challenges, the FMF initially agreed in principle to organize the fixture.

However, after consulting several different national institutions, especially taking into account the security of the Madagascar delegation and Madagascan foreign nationals living in South Africa, it became mandatory to decline the invitation.

The Malagasy national team will continue its training camp in Madagascar and its players will rejoin their clubs after the international break.

Finally, the FMF apologizes to SAFA for the efforts it already undertook to organize the match, and also to the Malagasy football supporters who were impatiently waiting for the fixture.

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