The qualifiers will be played in a league format between June and March 2008. The three group winners qualify for the final tournament at the Beijing Games.Ghana's Black Meteors are gunning for second successive berth at the Olympics after edging out Burkina Faso on a 5-0 aggregate scoreline over two legs last month.
Men's Competition Groupings:
Group A: Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa
Group B: Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Zambia
Group C: Botswana, Cameroon, Guinea, Morocco
Ghana will play away to Nigeria in the first leg on June 3 before taking on Ethiopia on home grounds on August 22.
The Black Meteors end the first round in Group A with against South Africa away on the weekend of September 8-9.
Below is Ghana's match schedule in the men's qualifiers:
On June 2-3: Nigeria v Ghana
On August 22: Ghana v Ethiopia
On September 8-9: South Africa v Ghana
On October 12-13: Ghana v South Africa
On November 17-18: Ghana v Nigeria
On March 26, 2008: Ethiopia v Ghana
In the women's division, the second round shall be played by 8 teams in pairs. The paired teams shall play two matches on a home and away basis.
Ghana host DR Congo in the first leg on June 3 with the return slated for June 15.
Winners of match 1 will automatically be first positioned in the group of the third round.
Match Schedule Third Round:
27-29 July 2007:
Algeria or Nigeria vs. South Africa or Zimbabwe
Ethiopia or Morocco vs. Ghana or Congo DR
10-12 August 2007:
Ghana or Congo DR vs. Algeria or Nigeria
South Africa or Zimbabwe vs. Ethiopia or Morocco
24-26 August 2007:
South Africa or Zimbabwe vs. Ghana or Congo DR
Algeria or Nigeria vs. Ethiopia or Morocco
7-9 December 2007:
Ghana or Congo DR vs. South Africa or Zimbabwe
Ethiopia or Morocco vs. Algeria or Nigeria
15-17 February 2008:
South Africa or Zimbabwe vs. Algeria or Nigeria
Ghana or Congo DR vs. Ethiopia or Morocco
14-16 March 2008:
Algeria or Nigeria vs. Ghana or Congo DR
Ethiopia or Morocco vs. South Africa or Zimbabwe
The Black Queens completed the double over Angola with a 4-1 aggregate result last month and continued with their steady progression for their debut at the Olympic Games.
Africa has just a slot for the 2008 Olympic Games women's football competition as eight countries are left in the qualifying campaign.
The last eight countries in the qualifying series are drawn into two groups with the leaders vying in the finals for the sole ticket to represent the continent.
Aside the single slot for Africa, the runners-up from the CONMEBOL – Brazil and CAF qualifiers would be compete in a one-off decider for a place in the Olympic competition.
Ghana is seeking to make her debut in the women's competition at the Olympic Games after narrowly missing out for the 2004 Athens Games.
FIFA rescheduled the draw date for the Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments, CAF Preliminary Competition to April 17 instead of April 11.