Rio Olympics: Nigeria second seeds, South Africa in Pot 3

Rio Olympics: Nigeria second seeds, South Africa in Pot 3
Musa Mohammed in action for Olympic team in Brazil.

by Samm Audu

Friday Apr 08, 2016. 15:23

Continental champions and 1996 Olympic gold medalists Nigeria have been seeded into the second pot for the Rio Olympics men’s football event with South Africa in the third pot.

Africa’s third flag bearers Algeria are in the fourth pot of teams.

According to FIFA, hosts Brazil will take the lead spot in Group A, with the teams allocated into four pots based on a ranking built according to performances at the past five Olympic Football Tournaments.

The ranking is weighted so that recent performances play a more prominent role, and a bonus is given to those nations who finished their qualifying competition as continental champions.

The 16 sides will be drawn into four groups of four (named Groups A-D), and the pot allocation for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament is as follows:

Pot 1: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Japan
Pot 2: Nigeria, Korea Republic, Honduras, Iraq
Pot 3: Sweden, Fiji, Portugal, South Africa
Pot 4: Algeria, Colombia, Denmark, Germany

The draw will be staged on Thursday, April 14, in Rio, while the tournament kicks off on August 3.

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