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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old July 4th, 2006, 11:59 Thread Starter
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Seven countries get Olympic byes

Nigeria and Cameroon have been given byes into the second round of qualifiers for the 2008 Olympic football tournament.
Both countries, winners of the 1996 and 2000 tournaments, are among the seven countries that will not play in the first round.

Angola, Mali, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia have also been given passage to the second round.

The opening leg of the first round of qualifiers, which has 34 countries, will be played between 1-3 September.



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First-round draw
Chad v Uganda
South Africa v Namibia
Gambia v Egypt
Mauritius v Burkina Faso
Senegal v Comoros
Ivory Coast v Lesotho
Guinea Bissau v Guinea
Mozambique v Libya
Somalia v Malawi
Sierra Leone v Rwanda
Zimbabwe v Tanzania
Djibouti v Zambia
Mauritania v Botswana
Ethiopia v Liberia
Benin v Democratic Republic of Congo
Central African Republic v Algeria
Sudan v Equatorial Guinea
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old July 4th, 2006, 12:02
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So how come the African champions didn't get a bye?
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Becos when it comes to the Olympic games the 'African' Champions has no pedigree
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Ah I see, so the byes are given by the Olympic committee and not by CAF?

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Becos when it comes to the Olympic games the 'African' Champions has no pedigree
Well, we would if everyone reported their ages correctly I think.

Though we're not doing really bad on the youth level.

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2005 - Second place
2003 - First place
2001 - Third place
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Well, we would if everyone reported their ages correctly I think.
Come on Sabry, don't pull out the age card. That's an argument for disgruntled Europeans.

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