South Africa In Third-Tier Pot For 2018 Draw

South Africa's Elrio van Heerden (R) celebrates his equalising goal against Angola with team mates Thembinkosi Fanten (L), Teko Modise (2nd L) and Sibusiso Zuma during their first round Group A match of the African Nations Cup soccer tournament in Tamale, January 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (GHANA)

South Africa have been handed a lowly seeding for the 2018 World Cup draw later this month and were placed in the third tier of pots for the Africa groups to determine the final phase of qualification for the global showpiece.

Bafana Bafana will avoid a repeat meeting with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon‚ who they were drawn with in March for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. They will also not clash against powerful Morocco‚ Congo or Guinea‚ who are in the same pot as Bafana.

Fifa has decided on the seedings based on past results and ranking points up to‚ and including last week’s Nations Cup qualifiers‚ where Shakes Mashaba’s charges partially redeemed themselves after a 4-0 away thumping of Gambia.

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The draw will be made at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football on June 24 and see five groups made up of four teams.

The qualifiers will start in October and be completed in late 2017, with only the group winners advancing to the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia.

A dream draw for South Africa would be to be paired with Tunisia‚ the Cape Verde and Libya in their group.

The worst case scenario would be African champions Ivory Coast‚ Nigeria and Zambia in the same group.

The pots will be made up of: Pot 1: Algeria‚ Ghana‚ Ivory Coast‚ Senegal and Tunisia; Pot 2: Egypt, Nigeria, Cape Verde Islands‚ Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali; Pot 3: South Africa, Cameroon‚ Congo‚ Guinea and Morocco; and Pot 4: Uganda‚ Zambia, Burkina Faso‚ Gabon and Libya.\

 

Source: Herald Live

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