Nigeria faces Sweden, Colombia, Japan at Rio Olympics

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Nigeria got a fair deal in the just concluded Rio Olympics 2016 draws held in Maracana, Brazil.

The reigning African U23 champions will face Sweden, Colombia and Japan in Group B of the preliminary round of the 2016 Olympics men’s football event.

The draw ceremony took place Thursday afternoon at the Estadio Maracana’s auditorium.

The audience at the auditorium included some esteemed figures, with representatives from all 28 delegations in attendance.

Among them were Dunga and Oswaldo Alvarez, the respective coaches of Brazil’s men’s and women’s teams.

Brazil were zoned in Group A against Iraq, Denmark, and South Africa.

Algeria were landed in a veritable ‘Group of Death’ where they will be facing Honduras, Portugal and Argentina in Group D.

Defending champions Mexico were handed a tricky pool in the draw, having been bracketed with Korea Republic, Fiji and Germany.

The stage is now set for the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments at Rio 2016, following Thursday’s draw at the Estadio Maracana’s auditorium.

The Olympic Football Tournaments will have a total of 58 matches, with 32 for the men, and 26 for the women.

Thanks to FIFA.com, you can find out who plays who right here.

The draw revealed the identity of the teams standing in Brazil’s way as they bid to win gold in both competitions.

Drawn into Group E, the women begin their campaign against China at the Estadio Olimpico in Rio de Janeiro on 3 August.

The men kick off against South Africa at the Estadio Mane Garrincha in Brasilia the following day.

Men’s Olympic Football Draw

Group A –  Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark

Group B – Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria, Japan

Group C – Fiji, Korea Republic, Mexico, Germany

Group D – Honduras, Algeria, Portugal, Argentina

Women’s Olympic Football Draw

Group E – Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa

Group F – Canada, Zimbabwe, Australia, Germany

Group G – USA, New Zealand, France, Colombia

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