Confederation of African Football yesterday revealed the seeding for he 2013 Africa Cup of Nations draw and the Super Eagles of Nigeria are not among the top seeds.
Defending champions Zambia, hosts South Africa, Cote 'd Ivoire and Ghana are the teams to beat in the tournament. The draws will be conducted on October 24.
Mali, Tunisia, Angola and Nigeria are in the second pot. In previous tournaments, the Eagles enjoyed the privilege of being one of the top seeds. Their failure to participate in the 2012 Nations Cup saw them drop out of reckoning in the continent and the FIFA world rankings.
The draw will likely pit Nigeria against Ghana or Cote 'd Ivoire in the preliminary rounds.
Cape Verde, who qualified for the first time in their history by pulling off a shock 3-2 aggregate victory over four-time champions Cameroon, are in the fourth pot.
Also among the lowest-ranked teams are 1962 champions Ethiopia, who have qualified for the first time since 1982.
The tournament takes place in South Africa between 19 January and 10 February 2013.