- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) - Australia will play South Africa in an international friendly in Sydney on May 26, two days before it departs for the World Cup in Brazil.

Football Federation Australia said in a statement Monday that although South Africa failed to qualify for the World Cup, it would be a strong opponent for the Socceroos in their farewell match.

Chief executive David Gallop said FFA had tried to arrange a match against a leading European nation, but timing and travel had made that impossible.

Gallop said “there’s no doubt that we did look at a number of options, but this was the one worked for us best. Obviously it’s not that easy to find opponents that will travel to Australia at that time of year.”