Tokyo 2020: Nigeria Begins Olympic Qualifiers Against Libya
Nigeria will be starting the quest for qualification for the football event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a tricky tie against Libya in March 2019.
Libya got a walkover in their scheduled tie against Gambia to set up a date with Nigeria who were seeded to begin campaign from the second round.
The Nigerian team set a record in Rio when the Mikel Obi-inspired team won the bronze medal, thus making Nigeria the first team to win the three available medals at the Olympics.
Nigeria won gold at Atlanta ’96, silver at Beijing 2008 before the bronze medal achievement two years ago.
While Nigeria will wait till next year before starting off their qualifying campaign from the second round, Cameroon find themselves among minnows this week when the African qualifying series for Tokyo 2020 kicks off.
They will host Chad in Yaoundé on Friday with the second leg of the first round holding in N’Djamena next Tuesday.
Chad are among the weakest football nations in the continent, never making an international impact at national team or club levels.
Ghana, bronze medalists at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, are another country who must compete in the first round, facing fellow west Africans Togo in Kumasi and Lome.
First legs are scheduled for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the return matches on Sunday and Tuesday.
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