NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced this week that Sydney will host the Socceroos’ farewell match before they depart for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in June.
Australia will host South Africa at ANZ Stadium on Monday May 26, while in the lead up to the match the Socceroos will be based on the Central Coast for a one week training camp at Bluetongue Stadium.
“I’m delighted to announce fans here in NSW and across Australia will get the final chance to wish the Socceroos farewell and good luck in Sydney when they take on South Africa ahead of their World Cup campaign,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“As Australia’s global tourism and events city, Sydney is a fitting destination to send off our national soccer team.
“This is another major events win for NSW and adds to the long list of events the NSW Government has secured for Western Sydney since coming to office.”
Minister for Sport, Gabrielle Upton, said the Socceroos have achieved great success in NSW and hopes to send them off on a winning note.
“What better way to send our boys off than to host a farewell match here in Sydney in front of passionate a home crowd.
“I’m sure the feeling of support shown by our country will go a long way in helping them during their World Cup campaign in Brazil come June.
“I look forward to the excitement of seeing the Socceroos in their green and gold at ANZ Stadium one last time before they enter the world stage at the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” Ms Upton said.