The South African Football Association says it will complain to FIFA after China canceled a friendly in Germany.
South Africa was scheduled to play China in Frankfurt this week as part of its World Cup preparations but the Chinese Football Association called off the game, saying Iceland’s volcanic eruption made it "very difficult" to travel to Europe.
SAFA chief executive Leslie Sedibe said, "This is something we will take up with FIFA because we had an agreement with the China FA." He did not say it was directly China’s fault that the volcano erupted – but the suggestion was there.
USA Today reports that coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is desperate for South Africa to play competitive matches ahead of its June 11 World Cup opener against Mexico. Now his plans have been spoiled by an ill-timed volcanic eruption.