Ahead of the qualification series for the 2026 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States, FIFA has released the pots for the African draws, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Nigeria is in Pot 1 alongside Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Cameroon, Algeria, Egypt and Mali.

The Super Eagles were top-seeded for the World Cup qualifying tournament after they were ranked as the sixth-best team in Africa and 39th globally in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday.

The group draw will be conducted on July 12, 2023.

The countries will be drawn into nine groups of six teams, with all the group winners qualifying for the tournament.

The four best teams that finish in second place will compete in a mini-tournament and the winner will qualify for an intercontinental play-off.

The Eagles will hope to avoid a repeat of last year after they failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup hosted by Qatar.

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