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Super Eagles on Alert: AFCON 2025 Qualification Draw Today

Today marks a crucial moment for Nigerian football as the Super Eagles await the draw that will determine their path to the 35th Africa Cup of Nations. Scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, the draw will divide 48 nations into 12 groups, setting the stage for intense qualifying battles.

Nigeria, a three-time champion and five-time runner-up in the AFCON, will be one of the teams eagerly anticipating their group assignment. They are joined by familiar foes from their ongoing 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign: Benin Republic, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, all of whom are also participating in today's draw.

The draw ceremony, hosted at the SuperSport studio in Johannesburg, will sort the nations into four pots:

Pot 1:
1. Morocco
2. Senegal
3. Egypt
4. Cote d’Ivoire
5. Nigeria
6. Tunisia
7. Algeria
8. Cameroon
9. Mali
10. South Africa
11. DR Congo
12. Ghana

Pot 2:
1. Cape Verde
2. Burkina Faso
3. Guinea
4. Gabon
5. Equatorial Guinea
6. Zambia
7. Benin Republic
8. Angola
9. Uganda
10. Namibia
11. Mozambique
12. Madagascar

Pot 3:
1. Kenya
2. Mauritania
3. Congo
4. Tanzania
5. Guinea Bissau
6. Libya
7. Comoros
8. Togo
9. Sudan
10. Sierra Leone
11. Malawi
12. Central African Republic

Pot 4:
1. Niger Republic
2. Zimbabwe
3. Rwanda
4. The Gambia
5. Burundi
6. Liberia
7. Ethiopia
8. Botswana
9. Lesotho
10. Eswatini
11. South Sudan
12. Chad

Each group will consist of four teams, with the top two from eleven groups securing direct qualification to the AFCON 2025 finals. The twelfth group, featuring host nation Morocco, will guarantee qualification for Morocco plus one other team, regardless of their group stage performance.

Qualifying matches are scheduled across FIFA windows in September, October, and November of this year, setting the stage for a thrilling journey towards the AFCON finals slated for December 21, 2025, to January 18, 2026.

Stay tuned as Nigeria and the other nations discover their fate in today's draw, which promises to shape the landscape of African football for the upcoming year.

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