Socceroos To Play Bafana In World Cup Send-Off
Australia's Socceroos have lined-up a friendly against South Africa’s national team, Bafana Bafana, as their World Cup farewell match at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Monday, 26 May 2014.
The announcement was made by Football Federation Australia CEO, David Gallop, who said the match was the perfect opportunity for the nation to get behind Australia's Socceroos before they leave for the biggest event in world sport.
“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. To have the farewell match at a world-class venue such as ANZ Stadium will provide an ideal backdrop for fans and players alike.”
Gallop further on went to confirm that the Socceroos would hold their final Australian training camp on the Central Coast from 16-22 May, using Central Coast Stadium as a venue.
“I thank Gosford City Council for their great support to make this training camp happen on the Central Coast. The facilities on the Central Coast are excellent and it will be a great opportunity for fans in the region to see the Socceroos complete their preparations there." said Gallop.
Australia will also play a warm-up match in Brazil against Croatia on June 6, before their opening match of the tournament against Chile on 13 June.
With the 26 May match the 21st official meeting between the Socceroos and Bafana Bafana at senior men’s international level, it is the African counterparts that hold an advantage with 12 wins to the Socceroos' six. The last meeting between the two sides was in London on 19 August 2008 where they played out an entertaining 2-all draw, courtesy of goals from Siyabonga Nksoi and Teko Modise.
When the two teams last met in Australia, it was in the two match “Nelson Mandela Friendship Tournament” which was played in Adelaide and Sydney on 8 and 12 June 1994, with the Socceroos winning 1-0 in each match.