Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 July 2012

Nigeria/Liberia: Super Eagles Draws Liberia in Nations Cup Final Round

Photo: Aliyu Adekunle/Vanguard
Super Eagles Nigeria national team

Nigeria's Super Eagles will battle the Liberia senior national football side for a place to the South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

This is the outcome of yesterday's draw for the final round of qualifiers for the biennial African soccer show, conducted in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday.

Finalists at the last Nations Cup and Africa's highest ranked country on the FIFA ranking Cote d'Ivoire will slug it out with Senegal in the other fixture, while current Nations Cup champions Zambia are drawn against Uganda.

Central African Republic, which dismissed seven-time winners Egypt from the campaign, will square up against Burkina Faso.

Yesterday's draw in also produced derbies between Sudan and Ethiopia, who both played at the first Nations Cup in 1957, and Algeria and Libya.

Egypt, which has won a record seven Nations Cup titles, were knocked out in the first qualifying round last month. Their conquerors, the Central African Republic must now get past Burkina Faso in order to secure a maiden finals appearance.

The qualifying ties will be played on the weekends of September 7-9 and October 12-14.

The 15 winners join hosts South Africa in the finals from Jan 19-Feb 10 next year.

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