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Eagles should brace for Ghana, Cameroon ahead 2018 World Cup

20 November 2015, 10:04

Abuja - Nigeria's Super Eagles should get ready for a more superior challenge when the group phase of the 2018 World Cup qualifier gets under way. 

The three time African Champions, Nigeria have appeared at five FIFA World Cup finals and the Super Eagles haven't exceeded the round of 16. 

If the FIFA ranking is used to seed teams then it's likely that the Super Eagles will have to roll up their sleeves for a more difficult challenge. According to FIFA rankings, Cote d’Ivoire are the highest ranked African team (22) while Algeria (26), Ghana (30), Cape Verde (32) and Senegal (39) completes the top five teams on the continent and will be in seeded in Pot1. 

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In Pot 2, Tunisia (41), Cameroon (51), Congo Brazzaville (52), Guinea (53) and DR Congo (55) while in Pot 3, Nigeria (59) along with Egypt (57), Mali (63), Uganda (68) and Zambia (71) , in Pot 4, Gabon (73), South Africa (75), Morocco (79), Burkina Faso (93) and Libya (113). 

It's even tough as just a ticket will be fought for by four teams in each group while the winner of the group qualifies to play at the World Cup 2018 in Russia. A team will be picked from each pot to form a group.

As it stands, the football governing body in Africa, Confederation of African Football (CAF) are yet to announce a date for the final round of qualifier. 

- News24


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