Australia to take on South Africa in World Cup farewell

Football Federation Australia has confirmed that the Australian national team will meet South Africa in a pre-World Cup friendly in May.

Football Federation Australia has confirmed that the Australian national team will meet South Africa in a pre-World Cup friendly in May.

The Socceroos will make their final appearance on home soil against Bafana Bafana at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Monday, May 26 before they jet off for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

FFA chief David Gallop said it was a great opportunity for the Australian supporters to see their heroes for the last time before they compete in the FIFA tournament which kicks off in mid-June.

“The fans make a difference whenever the Socceroos play and it’s even more of a boost before the team heads to Brazil,” said Gallop in a statement released by the FFA.

“To have the farewell match at a world-class venue such as ANZ Stadium will provide an ideal backdrop for fans and players alike.”

The clash between the Socceroos and South Africa will be the 21st time the two nations have met at senior international level. The last encounter resulted in a 2-2 draw in London in 2008.

Australia will take on reigning champions Spain, runners-up Holland and South American nation Chile in Group B of the Brazil tournament.

 
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