The South African national team, Bafana Bafana, will play two international friendly matches against neighbouring countries. This is to serve as part of the healing process and also sensitise the public on the bitter consequences of xenophobia the South African Football Association (SAFA) announced on Sunday.
According to Dennis Mumble, the SAFA CEO, “We want to use the two high-profile international friendly matches as an instrument to unite this continent. What has been happening in the past few days have really left most people in a shock and dismayed,’’.
He also added “Nelson Mandela spoke of the power of sport in uniting people from different walks of life and we want to use the power of football to unite this continent and kick out this scourge within certain malcontents in our society. We are one continent, one Africa, we are all Africans and we say no to xenophobia,’’.
The need to have friendly football matches will serve as part of the healing process.
More details of the international friendly games will be announced by SAFA shortly.