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Australia, Cameroon set for first meeting

Press Association logoPress Association 6/02/2017 Warren Barnsley

The Socceroos will face Cameroon at this year's Confederations Cup in Russia after the Indomitable Lions were crowned Africa Cup of Nations champions.

The clash in June will be the first meeting between the two nations in soccer history.

In a tough tournament, Australia were also drawn against world champions Germany and Copa America winners Chile in group B.

Australia outranks the world No.62 African champions by 18 places, but clashes with Germany and Chile sees them pitted against the third and four-ranked countries.

Coach Ange Postecoglou said a major challenge awaits the Socceroos in Russia.

"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," he said.

"The Confederations Cup ... 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.

"It will be a tough challenge but we will be well-prepared."

In group A, New Zealand meet hosts Russia, Euro 2016 title holders Portugal and Mexico, who won out the last CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015.

Australia have never played Cameroon but have recent experience with Germany and Chile, drawing with the Die Mannschaft in March 2015 and losing 3-1 to the South Americans in the 2014 World Cup.

Cameroon claimed their fifth Africa Nations Cup title when Vincent Aboubakar scored a brilliant late goal to hand his side a 2-1 upset victory over Egypt in Gabon on Sunday.

Russia and New Zealand will contest the Confederations Cup opening match on June 17 in St Petersburg, with the final due to be staged at the same venue on July 2.

Matches will also be played in Moscow, Sochi and Kazan.

Brazil have triumphed at the last three tournaments, held in 2005, 2009 and 2013, while Mexico - Confederations Cup champions in 1999 - are the only country taking part to have previously won the competition.

Before the Confederations Cup, Australia have 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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