The South African Football Association (SAFA) has come to the defence of the South African COVID-19 safety measures citing that the country’s systems are safe, advanced and well tested.
This comes after the Angolan-based outfit Sagrada Esperança withdrew from the Caf Confederations Cup second leg clash against Orlando Pirates due to COVID-19 cases increase in South Africa.
The Sea Robbers managed to secure a vital 1-0 away win in the first leg played in Angola.
A Safa statement read: “Safa has been informed by CAF that GD Sagrada Esperanca of Angola have withdrawn from their Confederation Cup second leg match against Orlando Pirates which was scheduled for Wednesday, 6 January 2021 at Orlando Stadium.
“It is unfortunate that the opponents have cited concerns with COVID-19 infections in South Africa without seeking advice from SAFA or the South African government.
“It is common cause that SAFA, in collaboration with its special member, the NSL and the government safety and security cluster has overseen the implementation of highly successful COVID-19 mitigation measures since the resumption of professional football in August 2020.
“The same measures were implemented at the four matches of Bafana Bafana in November and December as well as at the CAF home Interclub matches that took place in December 2020.
“We would like to assure any club or national team that will be visiting South Africa for matches during the lockdown, that our systems are safe, advanced and well tested.”
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By Mauwane Raophala