AUCKLAND City will play Yokohama in their playoff match at football’s Club World Cup in December.
Auckland, the Oceania champions, play the first match of the tournament against the winners of the J-League, with the winner moving on to play the African champions in the quarterfinals.
They secured their fourth appearance at the tournament after beating Tefana, of Tahiti, 3-1 on aggregate in May, and pick up a US$500,000 cheque to go with the title.
Auckland City won two matches at the tournament in 2009, but coach Ramon Tribulietx is not looking that far ahead, APNZ reported.
“We have played the likes of the African winners in the past and know they are physically and technically very good. They would be very difficult play against,” he said, “but our real focus will be the J-League winners which will be a real challenge for us.