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SA’s tough 2012 draw
- Updated: April 24, 2012
Coach Joseph Mkhonza’s Banyana Banyana women’s soccer side were drawn in a tough Group F for this year’s London Olympics, writes Mark Etheridge.
The draw was made in London on Tuesday and Banyana will come up against Japan, Sweden and Canada. Japan are currently ranked third in the world, behind the United States and Germany while Sweden are fifth and Canada seventh.
Banyana, who qualified via the continental route, by beating Ethiopia late last year, are ranked 65th on the FIFA world rankings. They will play their first game against Sweden, an evening match, at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Wednesday, 25 July.
Their other matches will be against Canada, also in Coventry on 27 July and their final group match will be in the Welsh city of Cardiff on 31 July. Their last two games are both afternoon matches.
Twelve women’s sides will fight it out for the gold medal in London.
Hosts Great Britain were drawn in Group E alongside Cameroon, New Zealand and Brazil while the third group (G) sees the United States, France, Colombia and Korea DPR fighting things out.
Group winners and runners-up will be joined by the two best third-ranked teams in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Hosts Great Britain,┬á world champions Japan and defending champions the United States were the three top seeds at Tuesday’s draw
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