The World Cup group seedings are out and unfortunately Nigeria are in pot 4. This means that the Super Eagles don’t get to meet any ‘very easy’ team. And this also means Nigeria have higher possibilities of meeting the tough teams.
But considering they good showing at the CAF World Cup qualifiers and recent mauling of Argentina in a friendly, there is hope for propitious World Cup campaign.
After taking a critical look at the pot seedings I crafted the 3 worst possible group fixtures the Super Eagles could get a d the 3 best group fixtures for them.
Here are the group seedings in case you haven’t seen them:
Pot 1: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal,
Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
Pot 2: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England,
Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
Pot 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden,
Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran.
Pot 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco,
Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia
WORST POSSIBLE GROUP I
Nobody wants to face Germany in the group stages, I’m sure of that. Spain is going to be a tough but to crack for Nigeria. A group like this could send us home after 3 matches.
WORST POSSIBLE GROUP II
Brazil and England are good teams with excellent players. If we are placed in a group like this it will be enormously difficult to qualify. Denmark have shown that they are not to be joked with after thrashing Ireland away. Remember what they did to Nigeria in 1998.
WORST POSSIBLE GROUP III
France has the most in form players going to the World Cup. Colombia are experienced and deadly too. Iceland are like dark horses.
BEST POSSIBLE GROUP I
I’m pretty sure every coach is praying that Russia is the team given to them from pot 1.
If you are placed in a group like this, we would qualify top of the group.
BEST POSSIBLE GROUP II
Poland is also another country anyone would like from pot 1. But they are not east at all. Mexico and Costa Rica are pretty decent teams, but Nigeria has a better chance of qualifying from group like this.
BEST POSSIBLE GROUP III
Yes we just defeated Argentina in a friendly, it is possible we could do it again (or get a draw). Switzerland and Sweden are strong European sides, but Nigeria stands a good chance if qualifying if placed with them.
Now they are over 100 possible group fixtures that Nigeria could end up in. I just picked the 3 worst case scenarios and 3 best case scenarios.
However, am sure that we can qualify from any group if we play with determination and get things right.
Which are the best and worst possible group fixtures you think we might get? Comment below!