Nigeria’s Super Eagles are set to face the possibility of a challenging group stage in the 2023 AFCON.
Despite finishing their qualifying campaign on a high note with a 6-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe, the Super Eagles are likely to be placed in Pot Two for the tournament’s draw.
The draw will be determined by FIFA rankings, and as hosts Ivory Coast are ranked outside the top six in Africa, they will be seeded in Pot One.
Consequently, Nigeria, ranked sixth in Africa, will drop to Pot Two alongside other strong teams like Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and South Africa.
Pot One features Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and Ivory Coast as the hosts.
Pot Three includes teams like The Democratic Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Mauritania, Cape Verde, and Zambia. Pot Four consists of Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
This could result in Nigeria facing strong teams from Pot One, Pot Three, and Pot Four, creating a potential “group of death” in the tournament.