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Keshi heads to Brazil for World Cup draw

03 December 2013, 10:34Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is set for a trip to Brazil for the draws of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

President of Nigeria Football Federation Aminu Maigari will lead the Nigerian delegation to Friday’s event taking place in Salvador in Brazil.

The delegation will travel to Johannesburg on Tuesday night and then connect to a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo on Wednesday morning, before flying to Salvador.

Friday’s draw ceremony will be held at the Costa do Sauipe Resort in Mata de Sao Joao in Salvador.

Hosts Brazil will head Group A of the finals taking place between 12 June and 13 July next year, with reigning champions Spain, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, Switzerland, Colombia and Belgium (the other seeded teams) heading up the seven other groups.

All 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four teams each, with the top two teams advancing to the Round of 16.

After the draw ceremony, there will be individual meetings of the participating member associations with team services at the same venue, where agreements for friendly matches are expected to be concluded. There will also be inspection visits to team venues.

Nigeria’s best performance at the finals previously remains a round of 16 berth at her debut in 1994, in which the Super Eagles were unlucky to lose to Italy after leading for 88 minutes at the Foxboro Stadium in Boston, USA.

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