President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has revealed and explained the plans of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) regarding the World Cup play-offs seedings.
The NFF supremo said the FIFA Rankings for November would be used to determine the seeding for the CAF World Cup qualifying play-offs in January.
Pinnick, in a chat with newsmen in Abuja after meeting with the Minister of Sports Sunday Dare, doused the tension of Nigerians on whether or not Super Eagles may lose their fifth ranked position in Africa to Egypt.
The Pharaohs of Egypt are currently playing in the FIFA Arab World Cup and many believed that their performance may affect their rankings and thereby displace Nigeria in FIFA Rankings.
Pinnick however, allayed the fears of Nigerian supporters and said that CAF has decided at its executive level that the November ranking would be considered for the draw.
“I also want to douse Nigerians’ tension, saying Egypt is playing in the Arab world cup and if they do well they are going to overtake us in the ranking.”
“At the CAF executive-level what we have decided is the last ranking that was done in November will be used for the draw so Nigeria remains fixed to the 5th spot. Whatever Egypt did Nigeria will remain in the first pot.”
The 2022 World Cup play-off draw would take place on January 26, with the first leg fixtures billed to take place at the lower ranked teams’ home.
The lower-ranked teams are Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Congo DR.
The higher teams that have qualified for the playoffs are Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria.