Eagles make World Cup playoffs top seeds

Joyous Eagles celebrating a goalNigeria are one of the five top seeds for next week’s draw for the final World Cup playoffs after they ranked in the top five African teams still in the competition. 
The African champions are ranked fourth best team in Africa in the latest FIFA Rankings released yesterday by the world football governing body.
They have recorded 707 points and dropped to 36th place on the global ranking.
Cote d’Ivoire remain the top African team as they are the 18th best team in the world, while Ghana are second as they are rated 24th in the world.
Mali are fifth best African team as they are 38th, but unfortunately they did not qualify for the final playoffs.
Following the disqualification of 44th ranked Cape Verde for using an ineligible player against Tunisia in their final qualifier, Tunisia, who are 46th, are thus the fifth and last top seed as they are ranked higher than the likes of Cameroon and Burkina Faso in the world.
The second pot for Monday’s draw will therefore be Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia and Senegal.

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