THE draw for the qualifying tournament for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be staged Friday by 4pm Nigerian time at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
Twenty teams will be drawn into five groups of four teams each to play on home and away basis from October 2016 to November 2017 with the overall winners advancing to the World Cup.
The qualifiers include Algeria,Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa, Mali, Guinea, Cape Verde and Cameroon.
Nigeria have qualified for five World Cups previously – 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has sworn to ensure Nigeria qualifies for the Mundial.
“We will do everything humanly possible to ensure our qualification,” Pinnick said.
Meanwhile, The world football governing body FIFA has released the special ranking for African teams ahead of the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
According to the new rankings, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are likely to be in pot three that includes Congo, Morocco, Mali and South Africa. Algeria, Cote d‘ Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Egypt are the top seeded teams for the continent and are drawn in pot one.
Tunisia, Cape Verde Islands, Congo Democratic Republic, Guinea and Cameroon are drawn in pot two.