The South African Football Association (SAFA) has added its voice after GD Sagrada Esperanca of Angola cancelled their trip to meet Orlando Pirates.
Pirates were set to host the Angolan side at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday following their 1-0 away win in Luanda in December 2020.
“The South African Football Association (SAFA) has been informed by CAF that GD Sagrada Esperanca of Angola have withdrawn from their Confederations Cup second leg match against Orlando Pirates which was scheduled for Wednesday, 6 January 2021 at Orlando Stadium,” SAFA said in a statement.
“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.”