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Bafana game against Madagascar called off

South Africa might go without an opponent during the current international break after Madagascar withdrew from their scheduled match on Thursday night.

Madagascar stepped in at the last minute after original opponents Zambia cancelled the proposed match in Lusaka over xenophobic attacks which have plagued South Africa recently.

And on Thursday night, Madagascar also confirmed that they will not travel to the country for the game scheduled to take place at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, citing safety concerns.

Subsequently, the South African Football Association (Safa) called a press conference during which president Danny Jordaan spoke out against the violent incidents.

Considering several of South Africa's overseas-based players are currently in Johannesburg for training under the tutelage Molefi Ntseki, it would be a tremendous waste of resources if the new Bafana coach has no opportunity to put his ideas into motion with a match of any kind.

It seems incredibly unlikely that another international opponent will be lined up at such short notice, although the possibility of a friendly match against a local team has not been ruled out.

However, at the time of writing no further information regarding potential opponents was available.