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World Cup qualifier: 3 tough teams Nigeria can face in the playoffs

The Super Eagles waited until the last group game to progress in their quest for a World Cup spot. It was a hard-earned 1-1 draw against Cape Verde at home. And it could even get difficult when considering the tough countries Gernot Rohr men could face in the last round.

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According to CAF, the 10 teams that qualify for the playoffs will be divided into Pot A and Pot B. Pot A will include the top five teams in the FIFA rankings. Pot B will consist of the five lowest ranked teams. These 5 least ranked teams will face the 5 highest ranked teams in Pot A in a home and away fixture.

Nigeria is currently among the top 5 ranked teams in Africa. But they are not lucky enough, as there are difficult teams that will be in Pot B. Congo DR and Mali will be in Pot B. They look like countries that the Super Eagles can easily bypass on their way to the World Cup. But below are the ones that may be very tricky for Rohr and his men.


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It may seem like the Black Stars are a team the Super Eagles can easily beat, but that is not the case. It's been a while since both countries faced each other. Nigeria haven't won any of their last 4 fixtures against the Black Stars. Notably, Ghana managed to qualify out of a group that includes South Africa. That, again, is a warning sign to Rohr and his men.


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How Nigeria defeated Cameroon in the last AFCON is a good memory to relive. What followed after that was a two-legged friendly between the two sides. The Indomitable Lions ensured that they beat the Super Eagles at home before holding them to a draw in Cameroon. Toni Conceicao's men could once again cause problems for the Super Eagles if they meet in the playoffs.


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It would be a huge task for the Super Eagles if they got to face Egypt in the playoffs. The last time the Pharaohs lost a match was back in 2019. Both teams will get to know each other's strengths at the Nations Cup in January. But it could be hard to predict the winner if they meet in the playoffs.

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