Nigeria’s surge to the quarter-finals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations has yielded instant recognition from Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the next edition in Cameroon, with the Super Eagles now already placed among the top seeds for the qualification competition into the finals of the 2021 championship.
This was disclosed by the technical committee of CAF, after the first lap draw for Cameroon 2021 at Aida Ballroom, Cairo Marriott Hotel in Egypt, in which Nigeria ended up along with Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana, Congo Democratic Republic, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Algeria and Mali as seeds for the next AFCON tournament.
Nigeria’s opponents in the AFCON 2019 quarter-finals on Wednesday, South Africa are in Pot Two, alongside Guinea, South Africa, Cape Verde, Uganda, Zambia, Benin Republic, Gabon, Congo, Mauritania, Niger Republic, Kenya and Libya.
Pot 3 has AFCON 2019 giant-killers, Madagascar, alongside Zimbabwe, central Africa, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Angola, Malawi, Togo, Sudan and Tanzania, who sacked Emmanuel Amuneke as their coach on Monday, after three defeats in Egypt.
Pot 4 for the qualification draw has Burundi, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Comoros and Ethiopia, while those in Pot 5 are Liberia, Mauritius, Gambia, South Sudan, Chad, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles and Djibouti.
Four countries will be placed in each of the 12 qualifying groups, with the first two teams automatically making it to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon.