THE Super Eagles have been placed in Pot 2 for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations draw to be held on October 12 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
There are four pots with six teams each, and the teams will be spread to six groups for the first stage of the tournament, which is scheduled for January and February next year in Cote d’Ivoire.
The hosts and the five top African teams in the FIFA ranking are in Pot 1, with the other pots containing the other teams in descending order.
Three-time African champions Nigeria are in Pot 2 along with Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nigeria’s three group opponents will be drawn from the other pots and the Super Eagles could be placed with any of the six teams in Pot 1, which include Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-finalists Morocco, defending AFCON champions Senegal and runners-up Egypt.
The other teams in the top pot are hosts Cote d’Ivoire, 2019 champions Algeria and Tunisia, who eliminated Nigeria in the round of 16 at the last AFCON in Cameroon.
In Pot 3, there are South Africa, Cape Verde, Guinea, Zambia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea.
Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Gambia, Tanzania and Nigeria’s qualifying group opponents Guinea-Bissau make up Pot 4, which is for the lowest ranked teams.
The 24 teams will be split into four groups, with the top two from each group and the four best third-placed sides qualifying for the round of 16.
Democratic Republic of Congo