Nigeria’s Super Eagles and their fans will know which team they will face in the group stages of the FIFA 2018 World Cup as the draws unfold December 1 in Moscow, Russia.
The Eagles became the first Africa nation to book their spot when they defeated Zambia 1-0 in Uyo to qualify with 13 points and a game to spare.The draw for next year’s finals will be held when the 32 eventual finalists will be divided into four pots according to their position in the rankings announced on Monday.
The seven top-ranked teams plus hosts Russia go into in pot one, the next eight ranked teams in pot two and so on.
Each of the eight four-team first-round groups will consist of one team drawn from each pot.
The top seven teams on Monday were Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France – all among the 23 teams who have so far guaranteed their places in Russia.
Spain will be in pot two, where they will be joined by England, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. Peru, Switzerland and Italy, who all face playoffs in November, will also go into pot two if they qualify.
Peru, who face New Zealand in November as they attempt to end a 36-year absence from the World Cup, climbed into the top 10 for the first time.
The rankings also confirmed that Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark will be the seeded teams for the European playoffs.