This Wednesday, FIFA was drawing lots for the football event for the 2020 Olympic Games, which will take place from July 21 to August 7, 2021 in Tokyo. For men, luck clearly did not smile on the three African representatives.
Winner of the 2019 Under-23 CAN which allowed them to qualify for the competition, Egypt thus inherits a tough Group C where Argentina and Spain will be favorites. Mohamed Salah’s teammates, hoped for for the tournament, will have to refuel against Australia and aim for a feat against one of the two top names.
Same configuration for the Ivory Coast which, for its first participation, will have to deal with Brazil, defending champion, and Germany in a group D where Saudi Arabia will be the most affordable opponent.
The best-off African nation is finally South Africa, placed in a group A which includes the team of France Espoirs, which will be the favorite, but also Japan and Mexico, two selections that seem to be one. close level even if the Japanese will have the advantage of playing at home. Unfortunately, no African team has been placed in a group B which clearly presents itself as the least raised …
Summary of the 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, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia.
Men’s tournament agenda
– Group stage: from Thursday 22 July to Wednesday 28 July 2021
– Quarter-finals: Saturday July 31, 2021 (Miyagi, Kashima, Saitama, Yokohama)
– Semi-finals: Tuesday August 3, 2021 (Kashima and Saitama)
– Classification match: Friday August 6, 2021 (Saitama)
– Final: Saturday August 7, 2021 (Yokohama)
Among women, no miracle for Zambia, the only African representative, who inherits a very strong group with China and Brazil, two major nations of women’s football, as well as the Netherlands, finalist of the World Cup 2019 and 3rd in the FIFA rankings.
The draw for the women’s event:
Group A: Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Chile
Group B: China, Brazil, Zambia, Netherlands
Group C: Sweden, United States, Australia, New Zealand.