November 22, 2013

World Cup draw: Eagles may face Russia, Belgium, S/Korea

Nigeria’s Team Photo Front Row: L-R: Midfielder Victor Moses, Forward Sunday Mba, Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, Forward Ikechukwu Uche, Defender Godfrey Oboabona. Back row L-R: Midfielder John Obi Mikel, Defender Kenneth Omeruo,Defender Efe Ambrose, Forward Emmanuel Emenike, Defender Elderson Echiejile, Forward Emmanuel Emenike, during a 2013 African Cup of Nations Group C match in Rustenburg on January 29, 2013 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. AFP PHOTO

African champions, the Super Eagles are set to be placed in Pot 3 when the draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is made in the Brazilian state of Bahia on December 6.

And interestingly, the Eagles may find themselves in Group F, comprising Belgium, Russia and South Korea, who coincidentally, were in the same group B with Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

After 26 months of qualifying matches around the world, the 31 nations that will join hosts Brazil at the 2014 World Cup have emerged with Uruguay becoming the last team to seal their place after taking out Jordan in their two-legged playoffs.

FIFA Secretary General  Jérôme Valcke will conduct the draw and the balls will be picked out by former World Cup winners from the eight nations who have won the 19 tournaments to date. According to The Metro, these will include  Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Mario Kempes, Lothar Matthaus, Zinedine Zidane and 1966 legend Sir Geoff Hurst.

According to Bleacher Report, the pots separate out the top eight seeded teams and help ensure that teams from the same confederations are separated as much as possible.There are four pots, each containing eight nations. Each pot is drawn in order, so that its teams end up in different groups. So, once Pot 1 is drawn, each group will have their first member. And it will, in all likelihood, be the biggest team in their respective tank.

Pot 1 is for the seeded teams, which is based on the October 2013 FIFA rankings, therefore Pot 1 will contain the following, Brazil (ranked 11th), Spain (1st) Germany (2nd)  Argentina (3rd), Colombia (4th) , Belgium (5th), Uruguay (6th)  and Switzerland (7th)

And the  authoritative American sports portal added that the Eagles might be drawn in Group F, housing Belgium, Russia and South Korea, though the likelihood of it happening is not just guaranteed, since it is a draw.