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Rio Olympics: Nigeria top seed in Pot 2

09/04/2016

/ by Biyi Akangbe

Nigeria’s national U-23 team has been seeded top in Pot 2 for the Rio Olympic Games men’s football event with the draw scheduled for April 14 in Rio.

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 judged basically with recent performance playing a major role while a bonus is given to those nations who finished their qualifying competition as continental champions.

Nigeria defeated Algeria in the final of the U-23 AFCON in Senegal and recently defeated Brazil U-23 1-0 in a friendly game.

The 16 sides will be drawn into four groups of four (named Groups A-D) and the pot allocation for the Games 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.

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