Canada arrange South Africa friendly

CSA

The Canadian men's national team have announced that they will travel to Durban, South Africa for an international friendly match on November 21.

The first-ever game between the two nations will occur a few days before the draw for FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 qualification stages.

"We are delighted to have been invited to play the hosts of the 2010 World Cup in Durban," said Canadian coach Dale Mitchell. "South Africa are looking to build a strong team and will provide a good test in our final match of 2007."

Not only will this be Canada's first-ever match against South Africa, it will also be Canada's first trip to the African continent in four-and-a-half years. Canada defeated Libya 4-2 back on February 12, 2003 in Tripoli, Libya.

The South Africa match will be Canada's 10th game this year. Canada has four wins, three draws and two losses in 2007. All four of their wins have come on the road, three of which were at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June. Under Mitchell, Canada has claimed two draws - one in Iceland in August and one against Costa Rica at BMO Field in Toronto last month (pictured).

Canada are currently ranked third amongst all CONCACAF countries in September’s FIFA World Rankings. Next year, Canada will begin their qualification campaign for the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.