Italy to face NZ in Confed Cup prep

WELLINGTON - New Zealand have secured a friendly against world champions Italy as part of their build-up for the Confederations Cup in South Africa in June.

New Zealand will play Italy in the Pretoria township of Atteridgeville on June 10, four days before their opening Confederations Cup match against European champions Spain.

"Playing the best team in the world is a highlight and a stern test for any player or coach but playing the best two teams in the world back-to-back is a real coup," New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert said in a statement.

New Zealand, who qualified for the Confederations Cup by winning the Oceania division, will also play warmups in Tanzania on June 3 and Botswana three days later to acclimatise to African conditions.

Italy will host Northern Ireland in a friendly on June 6 before travelling to South Africa, the Italian football federation said on its website.