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Madagascar declines Bafana bafana friendly request due to Xenophobia

Madagascar  becomes  the latest  and the second  country  after Zambia to call off a friendly  match with South Africa due to xenophobia. 


Initially South African  Football  Federation  (SAFA ) had requested for a friendly  match with Madagascar  Football  national  team  and Federation of Madagascar Football  had agreed  in principle that it  will  help them prepare for upcoming  AFCON and World Cup qualifiers.

However, after consulting several  national  Institutions  mainly  the security  department, the Federation  decided  to Call  off  the  friendly  taking into  account the life of Madagascar  nationals living and working  in South Africa.

In a statement  released  yesterday  in the evening  the Federation  of Madagascar  Football  apologized to  to SAFA and the public  for not honoring  the request.

The federation  said  that the players  will  return  to  their  respective clubs after the international  break.

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