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Nigeria Avoids Cameroon in 2010 World Cup
    2008-10-15 21:11:09     Xinhua
When the final round of the 2010 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers begin, Nigeria's Super Eagles would avoid such dreaded teams like Cameroon's Indomitable Lions, Pharaoh's of Egypt, Black Stars of Ghana and Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire.

Local media reported Wednesday that the relief came Tuesday when world soccer governing body, FIFA, seeded all five countries for the final battle. According to FIFA, the five top African teams would be placed in the first pot of seeds with the immunity not to be drawn against each other.

The final group stage for the qualifiers would take place next year and would also determine the teams that qualify for the World Cup in South Africa and the Nations Cup in Angola.

The draws would be conducted in Zurich, FIFA headquarters on Oct. 22. 20 teams are in the hat for the draw that will take place in Zurich. They will be put into five groups of four, with the winners going to the World Cup in South Africa and the top three in each group going to the Nations Cup in Angola.

The second pot of teams has Guinea, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali and Algeria. The third pot contains Zambia and four teams that performed above expectations in the first group phase - Burkina Faso, Gabon, Kenya and Benin.

The final pot has Rwanda, Togo, Mozambique, Sudan and Malawi.The seeds were determined using the latest FIFA world rankings.

The Super Eagles were seeded because of their unblemished record during the first stanza of the qualifiers.

The Eagles won all six matches during the qualifiers with 18 points conceding only one goal courtesy of the own goal scored by Joseph Yobo against the Leone Stars of Sierra-Leone in the Eagles' 4-1 whacking in Abuja at the weekend.


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