World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria remain in Pot Two

FIFA has returned Nigeria to Pot 2, ahead of the African World Cup qualifiers draw on Friday. The world football governing body, confirmed the u-turn on Wednesday night, after deciding to cancel a “special” ranking, which saw the Super Eagles demoted to Pot 3 and placed Egypt in Pot 1. FIFA also announced the procedure for the draw ceremony. “The teams in Pot 4 will be drawn first. The team drawn first from Pot 4 will be placed in Group A, and its exact position in the group will be determined by a ball drawn from a second pot that will contain four balls with the position numbers 1-4,” it stated. “The team drawn second from Pot 4 will be placed in Group B, and its position in the group will also be determined by a ball drawn from the second pot. The team drawn third will be placed in Group C, and its...

Russia 2018: FIFA to release new seeding for Africa

The world football governing body (FIFA) is set to establish another special African ranking ahead of the World Cup draw set for 24 June after receiving complaints, according to a letter sent from FIFA to the member associations. “Following some complaints received with regards to the fluctuation of the FIFA rankings in the month of June, and with the aim of transparency, it was decided to proceed with establishing a special FIFA ranking… on 21 June 2016,” read the letter signed by FIFA Deputy Secretary-General Marco Villiger. A special ranking will therefore be established on 21 June 2016 in order to distribute the qualified teams into the different pots accordingly. FIFA issued on 8 June a special African ranking that sparked controversy, especially in Egypt. Coming seventh in Africa, the Pharaohs were not among the five-top teams that will be in pot 1 in the World Cup draw. The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) filed a...

AFCON 2017 : NFF commends Super despite failing to qualify

The Nigeria Football Federation have commended Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia and his crew, in spite of their failure to qualify Nigeria for the 2017 Africa cup of Nations. The team returned to the country on Wednesday morning, with no one on ground to welcome the players, on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja. Most of the foreign-based professionals went back to their clubs from Cairo. Egypt's win means they are on the brink of qualifying for the Nations cup, after missing the last three editions. Nigeria missed out on the 2012 and 2015 editions of the Nations cup. Egypt sit top of group G, Nigeria remain second with two points and no chance of qualifying. While Tanzania who are bottom of the group with 1 point stand a chance of qualifying if they win their two outstanding matches against Nigeria and Egypt with convincing results....

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