The Zambian Football Association (FAZ) has on Wednesday 4 September called-off a friendly fixture that it had lined-up for the Zambian national team against their counterparts from South Africa due to the ongoing xenophobic attacks currently being witnessed in South Africa.
The tie was set to take place in Zambia on Saturday 7 September but “due to prevailing security concerns”, FAZ have decided against hosting their Southern neighbours.
“The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) regrets to inform members of the public that the international friendly match between Zambia and South Africa that was scheduled for National Heroes Stadium on Saturday, 7 September 2019 has been called off in view of the prevailing security concerns in South Africa,” reads part of the federation’s statement.
Following FAZ’s decision, their counterparts from SA have wasted no time in finding a replacement and have announced that they will play Madagascar on Saturday in Soweto.
The two nations as well as others from the continent are using the international break to help prepare their respective team’s for the upcoming AFCON 2021 Qualifiers that will kickoff next month.
The latest xenophobic attacks which started over the past weekend, are happening in the Province of Gauteng which over the years has had the highest number of attacks against foreign nationals of African descent.
The Kenyan High Commission to South Africa has confirmed that several businesses owned by Kenyan’s have been looted and burnt.