South Africa is not an island, it belongs to the continent and the global village. These were the words of Bafana Bafana newly appointed head coach Molefi Ntseki as he was appealing to the perpetrators of the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa to stop.
Bafana’s planned international friendly match away to Zambia in Lusaka was cancelled by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) citing the attacks on foreign nationals in SA as the main reason.
Speaking after a training match against Glad Africa Championships side Swallows FC on Wednesday, Ntseki says it shouldn’t be forgotten that countries on the continent played a leading role to help bring freedom in this country.
Ntseki says the decision by FAZ to cancel the friendly match meant that Chipolopolo’s preparations for the AFCON 2021 qualifiers in November have also been affected.
The South African Football; Association (SAFA) has since confirmed that Madagascar will replace Zambia as their opponents this weekend in the friendly match but the game will be played at Orlando stadium kicking off at 19:00.
Ntseki has welcomed this much needed friendly match.
@BafanaBafana coach Molefi Ntseki is appealing to South Africans to share their love and respect with our African brothers and sisters. #StopXenophobicAttacks #AfricaForAll #AfricaUnite #sabcnews @SPORTATSABC pic.twitter.com/aI1QQFa4c7
— Velile Mnyandu ?? (@Velile_Mnyandu) September 4, 2019
Bafana had a training match against Swallows FC today and won 6-0 with Kermit Erasmus netting a brace, Thembinkosi Lorch, Bongani Zungu, Dean Furman and Thulani Serero all finding the back of net.
Ntseki used all the available players in this game and he says the aim was to give everyone a chance.
It will be for the first time since November last year that Bafana will be playing at home on Saturday and Ntseki is appealing to the local football fans to come out in numbers to come and watch a new look Bafana team in what will be his first match in charge.
Lebo Mothiba is the only player who is still missing in this camp. – Report by Velile Mnyandu