The South African U23 trip to Japan has been cancelled due to the growing concerns over the global spread of the novel coronavirus.
South African Football Association (SAFA) sent a letter of its intent to withdraw to the Japan Football Association (JFA) with SAFA’s Chief media officer Dominic Chimhavi revealing to FARPost that the friendly game could now possibility be played in South Africa.
The friendly encounter between the two nations was to be played in Kyoto on March 27. The SA
“Despite the assurance by the Japanese Football Association that our players will be safe when they travel there the Ministry of Health has advised that at the moment it’s better that we don’t travel there, “Chimhavi told FARPost.
“And it’s because of this that we have proposed to our Japanese counterparts that their team should be the one coming this side.
“We know we need this friendly game and we want it to happen hence the efforts for them to come here and have this game, “concluded Chimhavi.
The Japan Olympic men’s team coach Hajime Moriyasu said, “We desire to play games, but we have to conform to these decisions and build up as best we can.”
The SA U23 side will be competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Friday, 24 July– Sunday, 09 Aug 2020)
By Sifiso Mlowoka