- The xenophobic attacks are having a ripple effect on Bafana Bafana as they struggle to find opponents to face
- Following the cancellation of 2 previous fixtures against Zambia and Madagascar respectively, SAFA still aren’t able to guarantee fixtures for the next international window in October
- Bafana may be forced to play an opponent outside of the continent, which might adversely affect their preparations for Afcon qualifiers
Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has barely started his reign and already has his fair share of headaches.
Briefly.co.za first reported on the Bafana match against Zambia that was cancelled due to security concerns.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) hastily arranged a fixture against Madagascar, but they too opted to pull out as a result of the xenophobic attacks in Mzansi.
Ntseki would have hoped that the current dilemma would blow over, but SAFA is unable to guarantee an opponent for the October international break.
The Daily Sun reported that Bafana may be forced to play a team from outside of Africa.
SAFA CEO Russell Paul said, “We are speaking to opponents to try and finalise for October. It is extremely difficult on the continent, but hopefully we will be able to release the fixtures in a couple of days.”
Paul conceded that Bafana may indeed need to play a European or South American opponent if they’re unable to secure a fixture against African opposition.
SAFA have condemned the xenophobic attacks as primitive.
Briefly.co.za understands that this could hamper coach Ntseki’s preparations ahead of Afcon qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan in November.
Ntseki will be hoping that his players will have a chance to play the friendly on African soil and that the opponents share a playing style similar to their Afcon competitors.
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