Nigeria U23 will face Sweden, Colombia and Japan in Group B of the preliminary round of the 2016 Olympics men’s football event.
The draw ceremony took place Thursday afternoon at the Estadio Maracana’s auditorium. The audience at the auditorium included some esteemed figures, with representatives from all 28 delegations in attendance, as were Dunga and Oswaldo Alvarez, the respective coaches of Brazil’s men’s and women’s teams.
Brazil were zoned in Group A against Iraq, Denmark, and South Africa.
Algeria were landed in a veritable ‘Group of Death’ where they will be facing Honduras, Portugal and Argentina in Group D.
Defending champions Mexico were handed a tricky pool in the draw, having been bracketed with Korea Republic, Fiji and Germany.
Men’s Olympic Football Draw
Group A – Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark
Group B – Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria, Japan
Group C – Fiji, Korea Republic, Mexico, Germany
Group D – Honduras, Algeria, Portugal, Argentina
Women’s Olympic Football Draw
Group E – Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa
Group F – Canada, Zimbabwe, Australia, Germany