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Mali will next month become the first national football team to play in South Africa since xenophobic violence there claimed at least 12 lives during September.
The Madagascar Football Association has withdrawn its national team from a planned friendly on Saturday against South Africa.
England-born Stuart Baxter quit Friday as South Africa coach after a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) campaign in Egypt during June and July. Â
Mark Batchelor was murdered on Monday afternoon when he was driving his vehicle in Johannesburg. The ex-Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs striker was hit by several bullets fired by two men on a motorbike, according to the police.
South Africa coach Stuart Baxter admitted it was tough to draw any positives from Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Nigeria in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Beating hosts Egypt in the last round means South Africa are favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations, says Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.
South Africa coach Stuart Baxter dismissed the assertion from his Nigeria counterpart Gernot Rohr that Bafana Bafana are the favourites heading into Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final showdown.
Former English Premier League forward Odion Ighalo could be the Nigerian who bursts the South African bubble when the countries clash Wednesday in an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final.
South Africa boss Stuart Baxter believes it would be a "national disaster" for Egypt if his team were to beat the Africa Cup of Nations hosts in Saturday's last-16 meeting in Cairo.
Tunisia and South Africa filled the final two places in the Africa Cup of Nations last-16 draw Tuesday after a tense finish to the group stage in Egypt.