Eagles may play Ghana, Ivory Coast in Egypt

The Super Eagles are among the top seeded teams placed in Pot 1 for the draw ceremony of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cairo , Egypt on Friday (today ).

The six seeded teams put in Pot 1 for the draw are Egypt (hosts ), Cameroon (champions ) and the quartet of Senegal , Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco – based on their positions in the latest April FIFA World Ranking .

Three- time African champions , Super Eagles, are in for a tough and tricky draw following the draw procedures released by the Confederation of African Football on Thursday .

Gernot Rohr ’ s men face the prospect of being placed in the same group with perennial rivals Ghana and Ivory Coast , who are in Pot 2 .

Other countries in Pot 2 are Democratic Republic of Congo , Mali , Guinea and Algeria
Pot 3 consists of South Africa and some of the continent ’ s dark forces : Uganda, Benin , Mauritania, Madagascar and Kenya.

Tanzania, who are managed by former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke are placed in Pot 4 along with Zimbabwe, Namibia , Guinea Bissau , Angola and Burundi .

Nigeria will lead one of the six groups of the 24 – team AFCON 2019 , and by chance , Amuneke ’ s Taifa Stars could emerge from Pot 4 and be the last team in the Eagles’ group .

The Eagles were one of the first teams to secure a place in Egypt 2019, qualifying with a game in hand after holding the Bafana Bafana of South Africa to a 1 – 1 draw in their penultimate qualifying game in Johannesburg.

They failed to qualify for the last two editions of the tournament .

They last appeared at the AFCON finals in 2013 in South Africa and won the title after edging Burkina Faso 1 – 0 in the final courtesy of Sunday Mba’ s first half strike.

The draw ceremony , which will hold at Giza , near Cairo , kicks off at 7 pm Nigerian time on Friday.

Several former African stars Yaya Toure, Mark Fish , El Hadji Diouf, Moustafa Hadji amongst others are expected to witness the draw ceremony

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