Lagos - The draw ceremony for Africa’s final round of
qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup competition will hold at CAF
Headquarters, 6th October City, Egypt on Friday evening.
Following the decision of the FIFA Emergency Bureau for the
FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday evening, which stated that “protests
from several associations” had necessitated a review of the entire situation
related to the seeding, the ranking announced by FIFA on 7th June 2016 will be
This means that the pots remain:
Pot 1: Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia
Pot 2: Cape Verde Islands, Egypt, DR Congo, Nigeria, Mali
Pot 3: Cameroon, Morocco, Guinea, South Africa, Guinea
Pot 4: Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Gabon, Libya
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After Egypt protested
its placement in Pot 2, Nigeria also fired a protest, stating categorically why
she deserved to be in Pot 1 ahead of Egypt and Tunisia.
“The FIFA letter
dated 5th April 2016 did not specify that the ranking would be calculated on
8th, 9th, or 10th June 2016 but that it would be released around those dates.
The special ranking that was released on 8th June 2016, with the date 7th June
2016, fully served its essential and unique purpose of integrating all the
official CAF AFCON qualifying matches that were played up to 5th June 2016
ahead of the draw.” FIFA said in a letter of Wednesday, 22nd June, signed by
Deputy General Secretary Marco Villiger.
“This ranking – 7th June 2016 – remains thus valid for the
3rd qualifying round draw. Therefore, the FIFA letter dated 15th June 2016
suggesting a ranking on 21st June 2016 shall be deemed null and void. Please
take note that this decision is final and binding and not subject to appeal, as
per article 3, paragraph 4 of the Regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
News24 report that Nigeria's failure to qualify for a second straight Africa Cup of Nations sparked fears about the country's chances of featuring in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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