Nigeria faces a mighty task of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 after been placed in the toughest group in the drawings made yesterday.
Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria have all been drawn in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup.With only the winners of each four-team group making it through to the tournament in Russia, Group B – which also includes Zambia – looks to be by far the most difficult section.
Nigeria, Algeria and Cameroon all qualified for the 2014 World Cup but at least two of them will miss out next time after the draw was made at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo on Friday.The 20 African nations were sorted into five groups for the final stage of qualifying and will play each side in their pool home-and-away over the course of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick has reacted to Friday’s Africa qualifying draws in Cairo for the Fifa 2018 World Cup Russia “It is a tough draw, but then I have always said that you have to beat the best to get to the World Cup. Now we have the draw, we know how to prepare. The preparation has to start right now and we must make good use of every single day leading to the kick –off of the series,” Pinnick said.“The other pools are tough as well, because for me, you can never afford to under –rate any team these days. Now we must quickly sort out the issue of Head Coach and his assistants and put every other thing in place in good time,” Pinnick concluded.Here are the groupings in full;
GROUP A: Tunisia, Libya, DR Congo, Guinea
GROUP B: Zambia, Cameroon, Algeria, Nigeria
GROUP C: Gabon, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco
GROUP D: Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde
GROUP E: Ghana, Egypt, Congo, Uganda