-FIFA Announces Seeding Pots for World Cup Draw-
Following the thrilling conclusion of the race to secure qualification for the 2018 World Cup, football’s world governing body, FIFA, has proceeded to announce seeding pots for the final draw of the competition. Peru completed the line -up of the 32 teams for the World Cup two days ago, with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand. The country celebrated that qualification by observing yesterday as a national public holiday, having waited for more than 35 years to achieve this feat.
According to FIFA.com “It was confirmed in September, by the Organizing Committee for FIFA competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight – team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia, who take up the top seeding spot.”
Therefore, Nigeria has been seeded in Pot 4, along with Serbia, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. FIFA.com adds that, “The principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no team, from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.”
Five African countries would compete at the World Cup. Also, five Asian countries, three North and Central American countries, five South American countries and 14 European countries would compete there.
As part of preparations for the World Cup, Nigeria defeated Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly played in Russia, last Tuesday. Argentina is in pot 1 of the seedings, based on the country’s 4th position on FIFA’s October 2017 ranking of countries. Nigeria occupies the 41st spot on that ranking.
The final draw for the World Cup would take place on Friday, December 1 2017, in Moscow, Russia.
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