Zambia Football Association (ZFA) has cancelled the international friendly game against Bafana Bafana of South Africa at Heroes Stadium on Saturday.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the cancellation came on the heels of the recent xenophobic attack going on in the country.
The national team feared that the game could lead to further diplomatic attacks if the game is allowed to be played.
Football, which is seen as a uniting factor that not only links but strengthens and mend relationships, will not be able to do what it is known for globally.
Andrew Kamanga, president of FAZ confirmed the cancellation on Robert Marawa’s Sport Worldworld.
The president of @FAZFootball Andrew Kamanga has confirmed here on #MSW with @robertmarawa that they have decided to cancel their friendly match that was scheduled for Saturday against @BafanaBafana due to xenophobic attacks taking place currently in South Africa. pic.twitter.com/aGKnNYZGGs
— Marawa Sport Worldwide (@MarawaSportShow) September 3, 2019
“The game is off, and we communicated that to SAFA and they understood. We have been talking to try and monitor the situation,” Kamanga said on the show.
Three people were reportedly killed on Sunday and property destroyed in an attack on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa.