Draws for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games football tournament confirmed

• South Africa, Egypt and Ivory Coast will represent the continent in the men’s Olympic Games football tournament while Zambia will make their debut in the women’s event. 

By Beng Emmanuel

Africa’s lone representatives and debutants Zambia have been drawn in group F of the Tokyo 2020 women’s Olympic football tournament alongside China, Brazil and the Netherlands. This is according to the draw of the competition conducted in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday. 

The Copper queens who are making their debut at the international multi-sport event, will face 2019 FIFA World Cup vice champions the Netherlands in their opening fixture on July 21. 

The women’s Olympic football tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Games will run from 21 July to 6 August 2021 across seven venues in six Japanese cities.

Among the twelve (12) teams to compete for the trophy, only the top two teams and the two best third-place finishers will move on to the knockout stage.

Men’s Olympic Games football tournament 

In men’s Olympic games football tournament, Africa’s representatives, South Africa, Egypt and Ivory Coast have been handed tough groups.  

The draw for the Men’s OlympicFootball Tournament. Photo courtesy FIFA Twitter account

The 16 qualified nations have been drawn into four groups of four nations each. They will be based among the venue cities of Kashima, Saitama, Sapporo, Sendai, and Yokohama.

South Africa will face host nation Japan, France and Mexico in group A. Egypt have been paired with Argentina, Spain and Australia while Ivory Coast are grouped with holder Brazil, Germany and Saudi Arabia. 

The men’s Olympic football tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Games will take place from 22 July to 7 August 2021.  Nations are allowed to supplement their squad with three overage players.

Cameroon became the last African team to win an Olympic Gold medal in 2000 after Nigeria in 1996. [Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Image]

Contrary to the women, only the best two teams from each of the groups will move on to the knockout stage. But the two losing semi-finalists will face each other to determine who obtains the bronze medal. 

Japan will face Mexico in the tournament opener. The final is slated for August 7 2021. 

The Tokyo Olympic Games will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. 

Olympic Football Women’s Draw 

Group E 

• Japan 🇯🇵 

• Canada 🇨🇦 

• Great Britain 🇬🇧 

• Chile 🇨🇱 

Group F

• China 🇨🇳 

• Brazil 🇧🇷 

• Zambia 🇿🇲 

• Netherlands 🇳🇱 

Group G 

• Sweden 🇸🇪 

• USA 🇺🇸 

• Australia 🇦🇺 

• New Zealand 🇳🇿

Men’s Olympic Games Draw

Group A

Japan 🇯🇵 

South Africa 🇿🇦 

Mexico 🇲🇽 

France 🇫🇷 

Group B

New Zealand 🇳🇿 

South Korea 🇰🇷 

Honduras 🇭🇳 

Romania 🇷🇴 

Group C

Egypt 🇪🇬 

Spain 🇪🇸 

Argentina 🇦🇷 

Australia 🇦🇺 

Group D

Brazil 🇧🇷 

Germany 🇩🇪 

Côte d’Ivoire 🇨🇮 

Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 


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