The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has today (Thursday) announced the seeding for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which would see the Super Eagles avoid a team like Egypt but could likely face teams like Algeria, Ghana, Tunisia or Senegal who are in pot 1.
The draw which is slated for June 24 in Cairo, Egypt have pitched Nigeria in pot 2 alongside teams like Cape Verde, Egypt, DR Congo and Mali.
Egypt eliminated the Super Eagles from next year’s AFCON in Gabon after they held them to a 1-1 draw in Kaduna before they beat them 1-0 in Alexandria in March.
20 teams will be divided into five groups of five teams and will square up on a home and away league basis with the overall winners qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The qualifiers will run from October till November 2017.
Nigeria will therefore face one of these top seeds in their quest to qualify for a sixth World Cup finals.
Pot 2 has Cape Verde, Egypt, DR Congo, Nigeria and Mali.
In Pot 3 are Cameroon, Morocco, Guinea, South Africa and Congo.
The lowest seeds are in Pot 4 – Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Gabon and Zambia.