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Nigeria battle Brazil March 21-29


Know first round opponents on April 14

Nigeria’s Dream Team will face Brazil in a series of friendlies between March 21 and 29. This will be part of the build-up for the Nigeria Olympic team under coach Samson Siasia ahead of the Rio Olympics in August.

Siasia has already began compiling the names of players for the Brazil friendlies and he could call up players from Europe as those dates fall within the FIFA friendly windows, officials further informed.

In December, Dream Team VI won the U-23 AFCON in Senegal to qualify for the Olympics alongside Algeria and South Africa.

This year will make it 20 years since Nigeria made history by winning Olympic soccer Gold in Atlanta.

The country came close to repeating this feat at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

However, the Dream Team will know their first round opponents for this year’s Rio Olympics on April 14 at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The stadium’s auditorium will see the groups drawn for Rio 2016’s men’s and women’s football tournaments.

The 16 teams in the  men’s tournament,  including hosts Brazil and 2012 champions Mexico, will be  drawn into four groups,  and the 12  women’s  teams, including hosts Brazil and 2012 champions USA, will be drawn into three groups.

Just one spot remains in the men’s tournament, with Colombia and USA playing off in March  to  complete the line-up.  In the women’s tournament, the final five teams to qualify will all be known by 9 March 2016.

As well as Rio de Janeiro, the home of the 2016  Olympic Games, the five other host cities for the football tournaments (Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo)  are  eagerly  awaiting the draw to see who they will welcome to their regions. Each of the co-host cities are keen to replicate the  remarkable hospitality  shown  during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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