Cameroon players celebrate winning the Africa Cup of Nations.
Cameroon players celebrate winning the Africa Cup of Nations. Sydney Mahlangu

Socceroos to face Cameroon in Confederations Cup

FOOTBALL: The Socceroos' final opponent for the Confedrations Cup in Russia later this year has been decided after Cameroon claimed the Africa Cup of Nations title with a 2-1 victory over Egypt in Gabon.

It was Cameroon's fifth title after previously crowned champions of Africa in 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002.

The Indomitable Lions will be making their third appearance at the Confederations Cup.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said his side would be well prepared for the clash.

"Cameroon is one of Africa's traditional football nations and it will only add to what is going to be a great tournament and fantastic challenge for us in Russia with three quality matches against three big countries in the group stage," he said.

"The Confederations Cup is a highly prestigious tournament and gives us another chance to compete for a title and also gain valuable experience against quality sides in Russia, 12 months out from the World Cup.

"We were ready for whoever won the tournament as we analysed every match during the African Cup of Nations and had scouts at the semi-finals and the final. It will be a tough challenge but we will be well prepared.

"But first things first and we have three important World Cup Qualifiers in March and June that will be the sole focus of our squad over the next few months."

The Socceroos are in Group B at the Confederations Cup in June alongside Cameroon, Chile and Germany.

They take on the Germans in Sochi on June 19, Cameroon in Saint Petersburg on June 22 and Chile in Moscow on June 25. All matches kick off at 1am (AEST).

News Corp Australia


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