The national under-23 male football team, Dream Team, have been drawn in Group B of the men’s football tournament of this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
According to the draws made on Thursday in Rio, the1996 champions and 2008 runners-up will face Sweden, Colombia and Japan in the opening round of the competition. The Rio Olympics will hold from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21.
The male football event, which Nigeria will be participating in as African champions, will hold from Aug. 4 to Aug. 20.
But the female football event, which the Super Falcons failed to qualify for, will hold from Aug. 3 to Aug. 19.
With the draw now, the Dream Team will open their campaign by taking on Japan at Manaus on Aug. 4, before facing Sweden on Aug. 7 at the same venue.
The Dream Team, 2-0 winners over Japan in a group phase match in 1996, will then take on Colombia in their final opening group game on Aug. 10 in Sao Paulo.
The top two teams in the group will advance to the quarter-finals.
NAN reports that the draw is also having in Group A hosts Brazil, Iraq, Denmark and South Africa, while Group C has Fiji Islands, Korea Republic, Germany and defending champions Mexico.
Group D has Honduras, Argentina, Portugal and Algeria.
In the women’s tournament, hosts Brazil, China, Sweden and South Africa are in Group E.
Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe and Germany are in Group F, while Group G has the U.S., New Zealand, France and Colombia.
NAN reports further that the Olympic Football Tournaments will have a total of 58 matches, with 32 for the men, and 26 for the women.
The action gets underway on Aug. 3, with five other cities alongside Rio staging matches.
The cities are Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo.
Both final matches will be played at the Maracanã, with the women going for gold on the Aug. 19 and the men doing likewise on Aug. 20.
Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016
Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016