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Russia 2018 World Cup: Super Eagles Gets Easy Team

Valentine Chinyem

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Ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, were yesterday drawn to face the winner of the pre­liminary round tie involving Djibouti and Swaziland. The second round home and away duels are billed for between November 9-17, 2015.

The Eagles got the favorable pairing in the FIFA World Cup draw made yesterday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

However, speaking to Africanfootball.com, Super Eagles and CSKA Moscow skipper, Ahmed Musa has warned the Eagles not to see either of the teams, as an easy pick.

“Looking at the name of the teams, Djibouti and Swaziland, they ought not to be a match for us, but such opponents are more dangerous that the known teams”.

“Personally, I know nothing about both countries. But we have to take them very seriously and prepare adequately well for them.

“All the same, I see us going past any of them to reach the mini-league stage of the qualifying tournament.”

More so, Coach Sunday Oliseh, the Super Eagles handler told thenff.com that he is happy with the draw.

“Of course,I am happy with the draw,”Oliseh stated.

“We are not playing the first round, which is a preliminary round and which we knew before the draw. We will also be playing the first leg of the second round away which means we have an advantage of playing the more crucial return leg at home, in front of our fans”.

“Djibouti and Swaziland need to be given the respect that they deserve and either of them that we face in the second round will not be underrated.” he added.

There will be three rounds of qualifying for the African sides.

Round one features the low­est 26 ranked countries on the continent in FIFA’s July rank­ings. The winners of those ties advance to round two where they will join the remaining 27 highest-ranked teams.

In the final round, five groups of four teams will meet both home and away and the winner of each group will qualify for Russia 2018.

Former Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o was on stage in Russia to help with the African draw, and pulled out his own nation.

The Indomitable Lions will feature in round two and will take on the win­ners of the tie between Somalia and Niger.

In the pick of the other ties, 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa face a tough second round meeting against Angola; the African champions Ivory Coast will play either Liberia or Guinea Bissau, and the 2015 runners-up Ghana will face either Comoros or Lesotho.

Algeria – Africa’s highest ranked nation – will play the winners of Tanzania v Malawi