Socceroos set for South Africa friendly

Australia’s upcoming schedule is becoming clearer with the Socceroos set to face South Africa in a friendly in Durban on March 28.

South Africa coach Ephraim Mashaba revealed the news during the Nedbank Cup launch in Johannesburg on Monday night.

The FFA declined to confirm the friendly, which would take place only three days after the Socceroos are scheduled to play world champions Germany in Kaiserslautern.

In an interesting twist, the host city Durban was where the Socceroos were disastrously beaten 4-0 by Germany in their 2010 World Cup opener.

Australia and South Africa last locked horns only last May in a pre-World Cup friendly in Sydney which finished 1-1.

Mashaba was speaking to reporters, and revealed the news when asked about a proposed friendly against 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina.

“We would have loved to play Argentina but the Socceroos are not going to be the push overs,” Mashaba said.

Earlier this week, Fox Sports USA reported that the United States were set to face the Socceroos in a friendly on July 3.

Australia are due to commence their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in June, with the FFA confirming this week that the side’s opening home fixture would be played in Perth.