Olympics: Three African Representatives Learn Group Opponents

Soccer Football - Africa Under 23 Cup of Nations - Semi Final - Egypt U23 v South Africa U23 - Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - November 19, 2019 South Africa's Katlego Mohamme in action with Egypt's Abdel Rahman Magdi REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Three African nations have learnt their group stage opponents at the 2020 Men’s Olympic football tournament.

The draw for the games, due held from 22 July to 7 August 2021 in Japan, were held on Wednesday in Zurich.

Africa will be represented by three countries – Egypt, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

These were the top three teams at the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations, where Egypt beat Ivory Coast in the final while South Africa finished third ahead of Ghana.

Nigeria became the first African nation to win gold in Men’s gold in the Olympics. They beat Argentina 3-2 at the 1996 at the Atlanta games.

Cameroon later won the tourney in 2000 when they beat Spain.

The men’s tournament is typically restricted to under-23 players, though following the postponement of the Olympics by a year, FIFA decided to maintain the restriction of players born on or after 1 January 1997.

This, will be the 27th edition of the men’s Olympic football tournament.

Ivory Coast have been pitted in Group D against defending champions Brazil and runnerup Germany, and Saudi Arabia.

Egypt have Spain, Argentina and Australia while South Africa are in Group A with Japan, Mexico and France.

Draw results

Men’s Olympic Football Tournament

Group A: Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France
Group B: New Zealand, Korea Republic, Honduras, Romania
Group C: Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia
Group D: Brazil, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, Saudi Arabia

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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