The Super Eagles of Nigeria are among the top seeded teams placed in Pot 1 for the draw ceremony of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cairo, Egypt on Friday, Completesports.com reports.
The six seeded teams put in Pot 1 for the draw are Egypt (hosts), Cameroon (defending champions), and the quartet of Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco – based on their top placings in the latest April FIFA World Ranking.
Three-time African champions, Super Eagles, are for a tough and tricky draw following the draw procedures released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday.
Gernot Rohr’s men face the prospect of being placed in the same group as perennial rivals; Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire who are in Pot 2.
Other countries in Pot 2 are; Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Guinea and Algeria
Pot C consists of South Africa and some of the continent’s dark forces; Uganda, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar, Kenya.
Tanzania, who are managed by former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke are placed in Pot D along with the quintet of; Zimbabwe, Namibia, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Burundi.
Nigeria will lead one of the six groups of the 24-team AFCON 2019, and by chance, Amuneke’s Taifa Stars could emerge from Pot 4 and be the last team in the Super Eagles’ group.
The Super Eagles are one of the first teams to secure a place in Egypt 2019, qualifying with a game in hand after holding the Bafana Bafana of South Africa to a 1-1 draw in their penultimate qualifying game in Johannesburg.
They failed to qualify for the last two editions of the tournament.
The Super Eagles’ last appeared at the AFCON finals in 2013 in South Africa and won the title after edging out Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final courtesy of Sunday Mba’s first half strike.
The draw ceremony which will hold at Gaza, near Cairo will kick-off at 7 pm Nigerian time on Friday.
Several former African football stars like Yaya Toure, Mark Fish, El Hadji Diouf , Moustafa Hadji amongst others are expected to witness the ceremony.
THE AFCON 2019 DRAW POTS
Pot 1: Egypt, Cameroon, , Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco
Pot 2: Ghana, CIV, Algeria, Guinea, Mali, DR Congo
Pot 3: South Africa, Uganda, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar, Kenya
Pot 4: Zimbabwe, Namibia, Guinea Bissau, Angola, Tanzania, Burundi
By Adeboye Amosu