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African Teams to Face Challenging Path after Paris Olympics Draw

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • The 2024 Paris Olympics draw conducted on Wednesday ,has placed Africa’s top contenders against formidable opponents, setting the stage for intense competition
  • Egypt finds itself in Group C with the seasoned teams of Spain and the Dominican Republic. Mali will contend with Paraguay and Israel in Group D, while Morocco must navigate a tough Group B with Argentina and Ukraine
  • The women’s football teams sees, Morocco or Zambia housed in group B to face four-time Olympic gold medalists, the USA, , Germany and Australia. While Nigeria or South Africa will play Spain, Brazil and Japan in Group C

Draws for the 2024 Paris Olympics in the men and women football category sees African representatives paired with interesting opponents.

Conducted on Wednesday in Paris , Morocco, Mali, Egypt for the men, will meet with Argentina, Paraguay and Spain in their various groups.

2023 U23 AFCON champions Morocco have been drawn in Group B, for the men’s football event at the Paris Olympics. They will compete alongside Argentina , Ukraine and yet to be determined Asian third place team following the 2024 AFC U23 Asian cup.

The team qualified by defeating Egypt 2-1 in the final of the Africa U23 Cup of Nations, held at Rabat’s Moulay Abdelah Stadium in July of the previous year. Their first challenge in the competition will be a face-off with Argentina, scheduled for July 24 at Saint-Étienne’s Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium.

Argentina has achieved great success in men’s football at the Olympics, securing gold medals in both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing games. Ukraine will be making its first appearance in men’s football at the 2024 Paris Olympics, so they will be looking to establish their best. Morocco on her path returns to this stage after 12 years with hopes of making pass their best finish in the second round.

Silver medallist, Egypt will play Spain, Dominican Republic and AFC second place in Group C.Under the guidance of coach Rogério Micale, who led Brazil to Olympic gold in 2016, Egypt is aiming to secure their first-ever medal in Olympic football. Their best achievement to date was a fourth-place finish in the 1964 edition.

The Young Pharaohs will go against the Dominican Republic in their first game, scheduled for July 24th, 2024, at Stade de la Beaujoire. With a blend of young talent and strategic experience, Egypt’s matches against Spain and the Dominican Republic are highly anticipated events in the Olympic football calendar.

As for Bronze medallist Mali, the challenge is in group B with still to be determined Asian Champions , Paraguay and Israel.

The young Eagles qualified by winning a decisive play-off against Guinea at the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Rabat.This marked the country’s return to the sport at the Olympics for the first time in two decades. They face Israel in their opener on July 24. Mali’s performance in these matches will be crucial as they aim to advance beyond the group stage and make a significant impact on the tournament.

Guinea could emerge as a potential fourth African team at the Paris Olympics. Despite finishing fourth at the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON, they have a shot at becoming the fourth African representative in Paris, contingent on their victory over the fourth-placed team from the Asian Cup.

If Guinea secures this win, they would be grouped with France, the United States, and New Zealand in Group A.

In Women’s football, Africa’s two representatives will be decided after the last qualifying phase in April.

Winners of the matchup between Nigeria or South Africa will play Spain, Brazil and Japan in Group C, with the victor amongst Zambia and Morocco to be paired in group B with The USA, The Matilda’s of Australia and Germany.

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