Results of Olympic qualifiers draw

2011-09-24 20:40

South Africa’s Under-23 soccer team has been drawn against Egypt, Gabon and Ivory Coast in Group A in the finals phase of the Olympic qualifiers today.

The draw was conducted in Cairo, Egypt, which is the host country for the November 26 to December 10 mini tournament.
In another group, it is “North versus West”, with Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria and Senegal all drawn in Group B. South Africa are the only southern region to have progressed all the way.

The top three teams will qualify for the London Games while the fourth-placed side will face an Asian opponent in a play-off.
The mini tournament is an inaugural event after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to turn the final phase of Olympic qualifiers into an African U-23 championship.

The tournament, according to CAF, will be a quadrennial fixture and will fall in the year before the Olympics.

Group A matches will take place at the Military Stadium while the Arab Contractor Stadium will host Group B games.

The final and the third-fourth-place play-off will take place at Cairo International Stadium on December 10.

Meanwhile, South Africa already has a soccer representative confirmed at the Olympics after Banyana Banyana booked their place at the 2012 spectacle last month.

The Olympics run from July 27 to August 12.

» Read City Press for more on the Under-23s.

The draw at a glance:
Group A
Egypt
Gabon
South Africa
Ivory Coast

Group B
Nigeria
Morocco
Algeria
Senegal

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