SAFA in talks to move Banyana vs Senegal game due to elections

The South African Football Association (SAFA) is in talks with their Senegalese counterparts to have their first of the two friendlies moved.

According to SABC Sport, SAFA wants the match scheduled for Friday, 31 May moved to Saturday, 1 June due to national elections in South Africa.

This is to afford every member of the travelling Banyana Banyana squad an opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote on 29 May.

Should SAFA be successful in their bid to have this match slightly moved, then Banyana Banyana will depart for Senegal Wednesday night.

SAFA WANTS BANYANA BANYANA VS SENEGAL GAME MOVED TO NEW DATE

“SABC Sport has learnt that SAFA are currently in talks with their counterparts from Senegal to move the first international friendly match from Friday, 31 May to Saturday, 1 June 2024,” reads part of the report.

“This is to accommodate members of the Banyana Banyana squad to vote in the upcoming national elections, scheduled to be held on Wednesday, 29 May 2024.”

SABC Sport has it on good authority that SAFA are doing everything in their power to ensure the team gets to exercise their right to vote, with limited disruption to travel logistics to West Africa.

“The team is now expected to fly out on the evening of Election Day, arriving in Senegal the next day, and perhaps having one more training session before playing their first match on Saturday, 1 June.”

BANYANA BANYANA’S SECOND GAME UNCHANGED

Meanwhile, the date for Banyana Banyana’s second international friendly against Senegal remains unchanged at this stage.

The two countries will meet for the second time on Tuesday, 4 June as per the current schedule.