The South African Football Association (SAFA) has released Bafana Bafana players to their clubs after Madagascar pulled out of the two sides’ scheduled friendly citing ongoing xenophobic attacks.

Bafana ought to have hosted Madagascar in a friendly on Saturday in Johannesburg but the islanders followed the foosteps of Zambia, who also cancelled a friendly with South Africa on account of violent attacks in the Rainbow Nation.

SAFA relased a statement last night confirming that the players were released to their clubs.

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) has taken a decision to release the players who had been in camp whole week to go back to their clubs after the withdrawal of Madagascar team from the friendly match against Bafana Bafana which was scheduled for Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 7 September 2019.

The decision to release the players was taken after the meeting with the players and technical staff.

SAFA has consistently and strongly condemned the xenophobic attacks and the criminal looting of foreign and South African businesses and wanton attacks on foreign nationals and South African citizens,” read the statement.