The Matildas will attempt to kickstart their stuttering Women’s World Cup preparation when they face South Africa in London in October.
Australia will take on the reigning African Cup of Nations champions in a friendly on October 8 before a second game against a yet-to-be-announced opponent in Europe on October 11.
Off the back of two home losses to Canada, Australia are desperately hunting a win, their first since beating New Zealand in April, to regain momentum and ease pressure on coach Tony Gustavsson.
Facing the world No.54 South Africa shapes as a golden opportunity for the Matildas, ranked 12th, to deliver a circuit-breaker.
Football Australia said facing South Africa ensured the Matildas had faced a wide variety of opponents in preparation for next year’s World Cup on home soil.
“To have played a nation from every FIFA confederation will provide the coaching staff and the players…