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Five 2016 Olympic Games qualifying facts in Africa

ready to go ... Flying Eagles players celebrate in one of their matches at the last African Youth Championship. Flying Eagles are set to take on the World at the FIFA U-20 Championship in New Zealand.
Flying Eagles players celebrate in one of their matches at the last African Youth Championship.

Five facts about 2016 Olympic Games football qualifying competition in Africa:

— Eleven of the 15 contenders for three places in Brazil have qualified before for the Olympics

— They are Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia

— The four contenders seeking a first Olympics appearance are Congo Brazzaville, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe

— After 20 goals in six first-round qualifiers at an average of 3.33 per game, the 14 second-round eliminators produced 26 goals at an average of just 1.85 per game

— Footballers born on or after January 1 1993 are eligible for the qualifiers, but three over-age players are permitted at the finals


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