Senegal to face Oman for final spot at 2012 Olympics

Senegal will play Oman on 23 April for the last place in the men's football tournament at the London Olympics.

Oman, coached by former Cameroon boss Paul Le Guen, beat Uzbekistan 2-0 on Thursday to win a three-team Asian qualifying tournament in Vietnam.

The Senegalese qualified for the play-off by finishing fourth at December's inaugural African Under-23 Championship in Morocco.

The game will take place in the English city of Coventry.

Qualifiers for men's football at the 2012 Olympics

  • Hosts: Great Britain
  • Africa: Gabon, Morocco, Egypt
  • Asia: South Korea, Japan, UAE
  • Europe: Spain, Switzerland, Belarus
  • Oceania: New Zealand
  • South America: Brazil, Uruguay
  • North and Central America: Qualifiers ongoing

The draw for the Olympic football tournaments takes place the day after the game, on 24 April.

Senegal Football Association vice-president Louis Lamotte told BBC Sport a delegation had been watching the games in Vietnam.

"It's not a surprise as Oman are a big team, we know they play good football but Senegal have a chance to win," he said.

He also said they would be trying to organise at least one more friendly for the under-23 side before the play-off.

The Oman and Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is excited about the prospect of seeing the Olympic side playing in England.

Oman under-23 captain Hussain Al Hadri

Oman's captain Hussain Al Hadri opened the scoring against Uzbekistan

"I'm so happy because the Oman vs Senegal game will be in Coventry," Al Habsi wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.

"I'll be the first one in the stands supporting the lads!"

African under-23 champions Gabon, runners-up Morocco and third-placed Egypt will be Africa's other representatives at London 2012.

South Korea, Japan and United Arab Emirates had already qualified from Asia for London.

Nigeria won silver at the 2008 Games, losing to Lionel Messi and Argentina in the final in Beijing.