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World Cup draw: how it will work and who Nigeria may Face.

Nigeria's World Cup draw
Who will Nigeria face in Next year's World Cup?

The highly anticipated draw for the 2018 World Cup finals kicks off in Moscow on Friday afternoon as 32 countries participating in next year's World Cup will know their respective group opponent's.

Chinedu Laurel Okorodike of takes you on a drive of what to expect in today's draw.

How the draws will be done
The 32 teams who have qualified will be split into eight four-team groups, drawn from four pots. The groups will contain one team from each pot.
Teams have been placed in the pots according to their position in the Fifa world rankings for October. The exception to that are the hosts Russia, who are automatically in pot one.

So Pot One contains the seven highest-ranked teams plus Russia, pot two has the next eight teams in the rankings, and so on. Nigeria are in pot four which is the weakest pot.

Nigeria could face three European teams in the group stage, but no continent (except Europe because they have the largest slot in the World Cup) can have more than one team in a group, so no South American sides will go head-to-head in the group phase and also two African teams cannot meet in the group stage.

For example, Nigeria cannot meet Egypt or Senegal cannot meet Tunisia or Nigeria.

How the pot look like

Pot one Russia (hosts), Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
Pot two Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, Croatia
Pot three Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
Pot four Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia

The four pots will be emptied by drawing the eight teams they each contain one by one and placing them in the eight groups of four teams (Groups A to H). Russia, as hosts, will occupy the top position in Group A, while the seven other seeds will occupy the top spots in Groups B to H.

The positions of all the other teams (from pots two, three and four) will be decided when they are drawn.
As is customary at final draws, a ball will be drawn from the team pots and then another from the group pots to determine the position in which the team in question will play.

Worst-predicted draw for Nigeria

Germany, Spain, Sweden, Nigeria

Best-predicted draw for Nigeria

Russia, Peru, Iceland, Nigeria

The draw will be hosted by Engkands ex International Gary Lineker and Russia's beautiful Journalist Komandnaya.

They will also be assisted at the draw by eight major names from previous World Cup.

They are France’s Laurent Blanc, England’s Gordon Banks, Brazil’s Cafu, Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro, Uruguay’s Diego Forlán, Argentina’s Diego Maradona, Spain’s Carles Puyol and Russia’s Nikita Simonyan.
In Nigeria, you can watch the draw in Kwese Sports and Suoersports. Meanwhile, you can also follow our correspondent Ganiyu Tsav for Live Text commentary of proceedings from the draw and all the razzmatazz around it LIVE on our website as it happens.
After the draw, readers can join the discussion and ask our expert panel questions during a special Facebook Live at

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1 comment:

  1. Nice post...u really analyzed all very well. I pray Nigeria team will be favoured with the best predicted draw.

    Have a nice day

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