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SAFA confirm plans for Bafana matches in October

The South African Football Association (SAFA) have revealed they are working towards securing opponents for Bafana Bafana in the next FIFA international break.

Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki will have to wait a bit longer for his first official game in charge after seeing Saturday's clash with Madagascar called off during the week.

This after Zambia pulled out of their planned friendly with Bafana in the wake of a fresh spate of xenophobic violence in the country.

SAFA and Nsteki opted to send the Bafana players called up for the friendly home to their parent clubs after replacement opposition Madagascar also pulled out of the fixture.

And, with another FIFA sanctioned international break coming in October, SAFA's acting chief executive, Russell Paul, has confirmed they are hoping to secure opponents for that period.

"We had the September window and now we have the October window. There are plans for matches in October‚" Paul told reporters.

"We are speaking with some countries and we are trying to finalise. Hopefully over the next couple of days we will be able to release those fixtures."

Bafana coach will, of course, be keen to pit his wits against strong opposition in the October break, with two crucial 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games scheduled for the month of November.

Paul says it is up to the coach to indicate what kind of opposition he would like to face in the back-to-back qualifiers.

"I suppose it is up to the coach [to decide on the type of opposition]. The coach is always looking for ways and means," Paul explained.

"But if you play a European team they are not necessarily going to give you that expertise and benefit.

"You are playing Ghana and Sudan and you want to play a team that play in that kind of formation."

He continued: "The challenges you will face with opposition not from Africa is that you will have to play those fixtures abroad purely because in South America and in the US‚ and to a lesser extend in Europe and Asia‚ they are already playing World Cup qualifiers and they are already playing Nations League.

"You can't play one fixture here and one fixture there. So it would mean that we would have to go there [outside of the country]."