Super Eagles Face Demotion For World Cup Draw

Super Eagles Face Demotion For World Cup Draw

The Super Eagles will on Tuesday know if they will remain in Pot 2 or drop to Pot 3 when FIFA unveil the new special ranking for Africa ahead of Friday’s final round draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria were seeded in Pot 2 when FIFA released the seeding last week based on a special edition of the FIFA World Rankings released on 8 June 2016 to allow the inclusion of the results of the Africa Cup of Nations qualification games played between 3–5 June 2016.


But following the protest by the Egyptian Football Federation who queried the world governing body for the sport on criteria used for the ranking FIFA have now decided on the establishment of a new special ranking.

The issue arose regarding the matter after Egypt had dropped two places in the special June ranking for African countries, to the seventh spot and Pot 2 in the African World Cup qualifiers, despite being ranked fifth in Africa in the months of May, June and even July.

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With the new special ranking, it is almost certain Nigeria will drop from Pot 2 to Pot 3 which means they stand the chanc of having two heavyweights in African football in the group when the draw is held in Cairo on Friday.

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  • If dem like we shld be in pot 13;we are on our way up.we ll beat anybody that crosses our way 4 sure

  • thompson 5 years ago

    Rankings do not win games.. Pot 2 or 3 or even 4, this is the World-Cup Qualifiers bring on any team that will be unfortunate to be drawn with us

  • bello habib 5 years ago

    Football is fast dying in Nigeria. Why afraid of any nation in the world,talkless of Africa. If they like group Nigeria with Egpyt,Ghana,IvoryCoast,and Cameroun. Is it not soccer! Why afraid of any nation?

  • Egypt are wise, they know they were fortunate to win d eagles in d African cup of nations qualifiers. They don’t want d rematch. They want an easier group. Lesson for d NFF. If it were them, they would have dare and might be battered brutally.

  • Anah Jude 5 years ago

    With our current crop of young players if dy like they should group nija with Spain German nd Brazil we will come out tops