Russia 2018: Nigeria avoid Egypt, may face Algeria, Ghana
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Russia 2018: Nigeria avoid Egypt, may face Algeria, Ghana

Nigeria has avoided a clash with Egypt as world football governing body FIFA on Wednesday released seedings for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers ahead of the draw on June 24 in Cairo.

Egypt eliminated the Super Eagles from next year’s AFCON in Gabon after they held them to a 1-1 draw in Kaduna before they beat them 1-0 in Alexandria in March.

According to FIFA, Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Tunisia’s the continent’s top seeds in Pot 1.

Nigeria will therefore face one of these top seeds in their quest to qualify for a sixth World Cup finals.

Pot 2 has Cape Verde, Egypt, DR Congo, Nigeria and Mali.

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In Pot 3 are Cameroon, Morocco, Guinea, South Africa and Congo.

The lowest seeds are in Pot 4 – Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Gabon and Zambia.

The 20 teams will be divided into five groups of five teams and will square up on a home and away league basis with the overall winners qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The qualifiers will run from October till November 2017.

 

 

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