Johannesburg – Samson Siasia’s Dream Team received what
appears to be a tougher task than South Africa when the 2016 Olympic Games
African qualifying tournament draw was made in Cairo Monday.
The Nigerians were placed in Group B with Egypt, Algeria and
Mali while South Africa face hosts Senegal, Zambia and Tunisia in Group A.
South Africa visited Tunisia for two warm-up matches last
weekend, winning 4-0 and losing 2-1 when the teams met again.
Group winners and runners-up advance to the semi-finals,
whose victors secure places at the Rio Olympic Games.
The losing semi-finalists play off to fill the third and
last place reserved for Africa at a tournament won by Nigeria in 1996 and
Cameroon four years later.
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Nigeria edged Congo Brazzaville to reach Senegal while Egypt
outclassed Uganda with rising star 'Kahraba' scoring four goals.
Algeria overcame Sierra Leone and Mali were too strong for
Mauritania and 2012 London Olympics qualifiers Gabon.
Senegal are automatic participants as hosts and South Africa
won at home against Zimbabwe with Keegan Dolly scoring twice after drawing
Tunisia beat Sudan comfortably and Morocco narrowly while
Zambia eliminated Botswana and edged Ivory Coast in a penalty shootout.
Senegal host the November 28-December 12 tournament in Dakar
and Mbour, which lies 80 kilometres south of the capital.For
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