Vanguard (Lagos)

22 February 2013

Egypt/Nigeria: Afcon 2015 Qualifiers - Nigeria May Draw Cameroon, Egypt

Photo: Chris Ricco/Backpagepix
Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike, 9, celebrates one of his goals during the 2013 Africa Cup.

Qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Morroco may turn out a herculean task for Nigeria with the Super Eagles likely to be drawn against former champions Cameroon or Egypt.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has revealed the seeding for the draw for the qualifiers which holders, Nigeria have been seeded among the top seeds in pot 1 while the likes of Egypt and Cameroon who hitherto were amongst the continent's super powers in pot 2.

The Super Eagles are among the 11 countries named in Pot One of the draw to be held next month in Morocco.

Among the countries seeded are 2013 quarter finalists, the Black Stars of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Mali.

The draw ceremony will take place on March 10 in Morocco during Caf General Assembly, with the qualification procedure reverting to its normal format as opposed to the modified mode for the just-concluded edition.

Forty-four teams are on the starting line and seeded in four pots of 11 teams each according to their current ranking.

The Preliminary Round is scheduled to start in June.

As host country, Morocco qualified automatically.

Pot one: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo, Mali, South Africa, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Zambia, Tunisia, Ghana.

Pot two: Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Uganda, Congo, Central African Republic.

Pot three: Ethiopia, Benin, Angola, Niger, Zimbabwe, Equatorial, Mozambique, Malawi, Burundi, Liberia, Sudan.

Pot four: To be determined after the preliminary round.

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