Could any county use violence against foreigners to deflect the attention away for real issues? It certainly seems that way according to the CSVR, which is the centre that studies reconciliation and violence in South Africa. The CSVR made an urgent call to the government on Tuesday to protect the lives of African nations and to make those who commit crimes to justice. The CSVR believes that the government has done little to prevent the attacks on foreigners. The real issues in the country are unemployment, poverty, violence and poor service delivery, most of all, the government’s failure to deliver on its promises.
FAZ, the Football Association of Zambia cancelled the friendly international match between Zambia and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana because of the xenophobic attacks in Pretoria and Johannesburg. The game was scheduled for the 7th of September 2019 at the National Heroes Stadium. While police officials jumped in to try and save the situation where possible, the Zambian Football Association was finding other options to keep their team on a competitive level. Zambia has withdrawal from the South African Football Association, which is crucial and left a significant gap in the build-up to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Madagascar also cancelled the international friendly games scheduled with Bafana Bafana this week. The new leaves the South African soccer team high and dry after the original that Zambia already pulled out.
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SAFA is forced to try and arrange other matches to fill the gap, although their options are running thin with more and more countries playing a part in the isolation of the country. Madagascar is concerned about the ongoing violence in the country, and their decision is final. What is sad for the Bafana Bafana team is that Madagascar first agreed to take the place of the Zambia match. Finding another game might be impossible with the current violence across the country. SAFA released a statement this week and confirmed that it is challenging to find replacement matches due to the current political state.
The African Cup of Nations is scheduled for 2021, and at the moment the lead-up matches still include a game against Ghana on the 7th of October, but even that could be cancelled. Zambia has also requested several South African businesses to pull out of the country, and this has a significant effect on a state that already has to deal with poverty, unemployment and chaos. The big question is whether any team will be willing to patriciate at the 2021 African Cup of Nations against South Africa. It seems the country faces complete isolation when it comes to sports and doing business with its neighbouring countries.