Eagles know World Cup foe today

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BY JOHN EGBOKHAN
For the Super Eagles, the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup  gets clearer today as they get to know the country they will confront in a two-legged playoffs to qualify for the Brazil showpiece.

The draw for round three of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the African zone which holds in Cairo this morning, sees the 10 qualified teams playing a two-legged match to determine the five teams from the continent to go to Brazil for the tournament.

Eagles topped their qualifying group and having secured seeding status based on their FIFA rankings, the African champions, who are in the first pot comprising Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria and Tunisia, are poised to face any of the other five teams consisting of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Teranga Lions of Senegal, Etalon of Burkina Faso, Pharaohs of Egypt and Walya Warriors of Ethiopia

Spain's forward Fernando Torres heads the ball to score against Nigeria during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match, at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on June 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Spain’s forward Fernando Torres heads the ball to score against Nigeria during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match, at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on June 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

As a seeded team, the Eagles have the advantage of playing the second leg of playoffs at home. The matches are scheduled to be played in the periods October of 11-15 and November 15-19, 2013

Coach Stephen Keshi has said that the Eagles were ready to play the best side of the lot and given their improvement in their last two games against Malawi and Burkina Faso and the return of Nations Cup top scorer winner, Emmanuel Emenike and Liverpool forward Victor Moses, the Nigerians look in good stead to actualise their World Cup ambitions.

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