A 2014 World Cup qualifier between Central African Republic and South Africa on June 9 has been moved to Cameroon because of security concerns, the national football association said Monday.
CAR president Francois Bozize was overthrown last March by rebels, who killed 13 South African soldiers on a peace-keeping mission near the capital Bangui, before taking control of the impoverished country.
"We lost loved ones there not long ago and the environment is still too tense to have a match in that country. It would definitely not have been the right atmosphere to play in," said South Africa coach Gordon Igesund.
The Group A qualifier is scheduled for the Cameroon national stadium -- Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde -- with South Africa seeking to close a two-point gap behind surprise leaders Ethiopia, who play in Botswana the same weekend.