The final qualifying place in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at London 2012 will be up for grabs in a play-off match to be held at the City of Coventry Stadium on Monday 23 April 2012. Kick-off is 7.45pm and tickets for the game, which will also serve as an official test event, are on sale now.
Senegal’s participation is already confirmed after they finished in fourth place in the African qualifying competition, with highly rated captain Stephane Badji looking to fire the West Africans towards their first ever Men’s Olympic Football appearance.
Senegal’s opponents will be the fourth-placed team from the Asian qualifying competition which concludes on 29 March 2012. Australia, Bahrain, Iraq, Japan,
Korea Republic, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the UAE and Uzbekistan are the potential opponents.
The Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, to be played between 25 July-11 August 2012, will feature hosts Great Britain, three teams from Asia (AFC), Egypt, Gabon and Morocco (CAF), two teams from North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), Brazil and Uruguay (CONMEBOL), and Belarus, Spain and Switzerland (UEFA). Spain last won the competition back in 1992 whilst Stuart Pearce’s Team GB have a chance to win Olympic football gold, exactly 100 years since they last won the tournament, in Stockholm in 1912.
Justine Hewitt, Events Manager at the City of Coventry Stadium, said the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualification Play-Off Match is an important part of the London 2012 Organising Committee’s (LOCOG) preparations for the Olympic Games.
“This will be a great chance for football fans from the region to see exciting young internationals in action in Coventry,” she said.
“This is also a chance for all the procedures and systems to be fully tested before we host 12 matches during the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in July and August.
“The testing programme focuses on testing the on field and off field operations in readiness for the Olympic Games.
“We hope as many football fans as possible will come along to watch the game in April – a crucial match for both sides as they fight it out for London 2012 qualification.
“This is all part of our build-up to London 2012 and the excitement is certainly growing since this is a great opportunity to see international football in action at an Olympic venue.”
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