Afcon Draw: No seeding for Nigeria

Afcon Draw: No seeding for Nigeria

Posted: 18 November 2009 Time: 03:24 pm

Nigeria have been dumped in the second tier of teams for Friday's Africa Cup of Nations draw.

Defending champions Egypt join Africa's top-ranked team Cameroon and Ivory along with hosts Angola in Pot 1, which contains the seeded teams.

Tunisia, Ghana and Mali are with Nigeria in Pot 2.

Pot 3 will contain Zambia, Benin, Algeria and Togo while Pot 4 has Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Gabon and Malawi.

According to CAF, the seedings are based on performance criteria from the last three Africa Cup of Nations competitions as laid down in the regulations.

Angola, as host, will occupy the top position in Group A and will be based in Luanda. Egypt as the defending champions will be Group C top seeds and will be based in Benguela.

Cameroon and Ivory Coast, the remaining seeded teams, are placed in Group B (Cabinda) and Group D (Huila) respectively, for their performance in the three last editions of the competition.

The draw rules are simple: no two teams from the same pot will be placed in the same group, and each group will be composed of one team from each pot.

The draw comes up at 16h00 hours local time (16h00 hours Nigerian time) at the Talatona Convention Centre in Luanda.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 03:39 pm
Carry on... God is a Nigerian!
Anonymous
posted: 03:43 pm
No wahala! Whatever will be will be. Now's the time to prepare for the showpiece where we will soar above all comers.

Amodu Remains!

Frank (original)
Anonymous
posted: 03:56 pm
Who cares?
Anonymous
posted: 04:25 pm
@Frank you are talking nonsense, Amodu did not qualify us to the world cup rather it was the Mozambique coach who qualified us. Had it been the Mozambique loose to Tunisia will your amodu qualify no matter how they beat Kenya? Is impossible for anyone to offer what he doesn’t have, Amodu and his technical crew don’t have what it takes to coach the Super eagles especially at the world cup proper. I think now is the right time to overhaul the Super Eagles totally; it will be too late after the nation cup.

If I may say Amodu should kindly step down or in alternative a technical adviser should be employ along side him, to left him (Amodu) and his tech. crew alone take us to the nation cup/world cup it will be another disastrous outing for the super eagles and Nigeria. Everyone saw how we struggle to win Kenya after we couldn’t win Mozambique and Tunisia so Any body saying amodu qualified us to the world cup is making a mistake it was destined by God that we will qualify even with the worse coach Amodu, with prayers and determination from our players it came to pass.

AMODU IS NOT CAPABLE WE NEED A CAPABLE HAND TO ATLEAST WORK ALONG SIDE HIM. WE ARE ALL SAYING THIS FOR BETTER FUTURE OF NIGERIA FOOT BALL, I DON`T HATE AMODU PERSONALLY.
9jame
posted: 04:28 pm
LULU IS FOOLISH TO SAY THAT IF ONLY SIR ALEX WILL CAOCH NIGERIA, WILL MAKE HIM TO KEEP AMODU BEHAND.

SO THERE IS SOMETHING THAT WILL EVER MAKE YOU TO KEEP AMODU BY THE CORNER AFTER ALL HIS LABOUR AS YOU SAID. SHAME TO YOU LULU. DID YOU KNOW WHAT IS CALL NEMESIS,? IF YOU EVER DEPRIVE AMODU THE FRUIT OF HIS LABOUR U WILL CARRY THE NEMESIS NOT OUR FOOTBALL BUT U ALONE LULU SHAME TO U AND UR COMMENT.
9jame
posted: 04:29 pm
LULU IS FOOLISH TO SAY THAT IF ONLY SIR ALEX WILL CAOCH NIGERIA, WILL MAKE HIM TO KEEP AMODU BEHAND.

SO THERE IS SOMETHING THAT WILL EVER MAKE YOU TO KEEP AMODU BY THE CORNER AFTER ALL HIS LABOUR AS YOU SAID. SHAME TO YOU LULU. DID YOU KNOW WHAT IS CALL NEMESIS,? IF YOU EVER DEPRIVE AMODU THE FRUIT OF HIS LABOUR U WILL CARRY THE NEMESIS NOT OUR FOOTBALL BUT U ALONE LULU SHAME TO U AND UR COMMENT.
Anonymous
posted: 04:38 pm
Let Amodu remain but if he must go then Ladan Bosso should replace him and be assisted by Bawa Abdullahi and for federal character sake let chioma ajunwa be at the sidelines also.
Anonymous
posted: 04:48 pm
hehehe the nigerians and their dumb thoughts jah ne lol
Anonymous
posted: 04:48 pm
Chei, naija people don dey start dey make mouth again? I don blame una, na Tunisia I blame
Anonymous
posted: 05:09 pm
Amodu should kindly step down or in alternative a technical adviser should be employ along side him, to left him (Amodu) and his tech. crew alone take us to the nation cup/world cup it will be another disastrous outing for the super eagles and Nigeria. Everyone saw how we struggle to win Kenya after we couldn’t win Mozambique and Tunisia so Any body saying amodu qualified us to the world cup is making a mistake it was destined by God that we will qualify even with the worse coach Amodu, with prayers and determination from our players it came to pass.

AMODU IS NOT CAPABLE WE NEED A CAPABLE HAND TO ATLEAST WORK ALONG SIDE HIM. WE ARE ALL SAYING THIS FOR BETTER FUTURE OF NIGERIA FOOT BALL, I DON`T HATE AMODU PERSONALLY.
Mike Port Harcourt
posted: 05:09 pm
'Amodu Remains' but only till the end of the world cup and is on compassionate and sentiment ground as confirmed even by Lulu his Godfather. Lulu says a man should reap where he sows.
Anonymous
posted: 05:43 pm
The much talked about technical incompetence of Amodu have fortunately earned him and Nigerians two world cup tickets, from when he took over as manager from April 2001 to February 2002, the second ticket coming also from April 2008 when he took to ???????? most likely until same time next year?
The same scenario is about playing out according to analysts , but me thinks he should be allowed to go a bit further this time. Since he needs help, let us retain him to benefit from the foreign technical adviser that would take charge for the world cup. I have no problem if Amodu single handedly takes us to the Nations cup in Angola, or even if he wins the nations cup.
An african nations cup is afican nations cup, a world cup finals is a world cup finals.
This is certainly not a team or a coach suitable for a world cup finals!
The entire team and crew lacks discipline, inspirations and technical responses and capabilities and we all pretend we do not know. The sidelines and bench are always in disarray during any game while loosing or winning, once glance at Amodu's sorry face or Amokachi's mad rebellion is just enough to cause an own goal.
The Nations cup is just weeks away, and though Amodu could lead the SE, we must commence now to shortlist technical advisers for the world cup, one who must live in Nigeria and certainly not one who failed to qualify his country for the world cup.
Klinsman is still free here in Germany!
The world cup no longer about past records, achievements or luck, ask Argentina, France, Korea, Italy and Brazil, it is about discipline both tactical and otherwise, technical expertise and team game, which Amodu and the SE lack a great deal. So, with the input from the new technical adviser, Amodu would develop and prepare himself for other challenges from within and outside the country.
Amodu truly needs help!
Lastly, Amodu would have made himself a hero like Westerhof, if he had managed to inspire a certain Rabiu Ibrahim into a natural central offensive midfielder like Jay Jay Okocha, rather than trying forcing or hoping to play Mikel into a position that has been washed off his system by respective club coaches, this is beacuse the Nigerian mentality in Amodu claims Rabiu still needs to mature!
How old was Kanu when he first broke into the national team? Kaka? Pato? Rooney? Owen?
A good coach knows what he wants.......
A bereft coach simply wants what he knows.
The nations cup is first, and since it is just few weeks away, let Amodu be.
In this period and after, an early and good search for a foreign technical adviser should be top priority.
Anonymous
posted: 05:57 pm
I'd like to thank God on behalf of millions of Nigerians for the miracle He performed in Kenya and Mozambique. I know there has been divergent views as regards the immediate future of coach Amodu Shuaibu. My position however remains unchanged "Amodu cannot handle this team-this is obvious in his team selection, tactical inputs and the lack of an established first XI, since he took over. I know he is getting the full support of President Sani Lulu, but I believe that Angola 2010 will be revealing. Nigeria is not seeded and hence, there is every possibility of playing in the same group with Egypt, Cameroun or CIV. I pray we do not get humiliated at the Nations cup, but whatever happens, I'm sure that the authorities will effect a change the hard way afterward. A word is enough for the wise.
Anonymous
posted: 06:09 pm
@ billion,ken, frank etc i think its time to rest the case. our judgement here makes little, and for those on the other side i will prefer you go to glass house to protest. fine everybody is calling for the head of amodu but nobody is yet to give a better solution, because all the alternative suggestions i have seen so far makes no sense. why dont we all relax instead ..... Amodu goes or he leaves makes no much sense. my first point is this we cried all this far but the NFF refuse to do something we have all giving up hope that with amodu we wont be there and at the last minute we were and we started celebrating assuming he failed are we still going to be talking about the world cup?? let alone of another coach for the WC, why dont you just support our own and instead let un make much noise on how our football league will be develop, i bet you if that is in place then the sky is the starting point for us but if not it will only look as if we are painting the outside of the toilet.

I REST MY CASE
IN AMODU WE TRUST
Anonymous
posted: 06:21 pm
the battle line
AMODU STAYS
AMODU WIN THE WC TICKECT, AMODU PLAYED 12 MATCHES WIN 9 DRAW 3 LOSS 0 AMODU QUALIFIED US TWICE AND THE LIST CONTINUES
AMODU MUST GO
AMODU IS NOT TACTICALLY SOUND, CAN YOU EXPLAIN? THE ANSWER WE GET IS CANNT YOU SEE IT YOURSELF LET US BE SERIOUS WITH OURSELF AND DONT LET US FOOL OURSELF THAT STAT DONT COME WITH LUCK MY BRO. AM A DIE HARD FAN OF MANUTD LET US TAKE AN EXAMPLE RONALDO WAS THE BEST FOOTBALLER IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THE REASONS WAS THAT HE SCORED 42 GOALS BUT NOBODY COMES OUT TO SAY OUT OF THE 42 GOALS 19 WERE PENALTY, IF ANOTHER PERSON HAD TAKEN THE PEN RONALDO WOULD HAVE SCORED 23 GOALS AND EVEN WITH THE 23 GOALS THERE ARE NUMBERS OF FREEKICKS IN IT. BUT YET THE STAT SPEAKS. LET US APPRECIATE OUR OWN AND GET A LIFE
IN AMODU WE TRUST
soccer-graduate
posted: 06:33 pm
Wey my comments Mr. Editor?
soccer-graduate
posted: 06:35 pm
It's not your fault CAF!!! just pray Nigeria does'nt end up in the same group with Angola. For the benefit of the tournament,we would want Angola to make it to second round. By the way if we are true soccer lovers we should be truthful to ourselves, hornestly I'm really tired of this Amodu stays,Amodu stays....,STAYS FOR WHO???? The entire Republic(NIGERIA) are crying tears for him to leave and one or two relatives of his keep puttng baseless campaign for him here.Someone wants him dropped after the WC ie--after he must have spoilt my day?? we don't want him to spoil this soccer feast for us. Deep inside Amodu knows he cannot manage this team for reasons best known to him(probaly after series of recieving gifts he cannot get rid of the likes of Olofin...,or probably they're too rich for him to control,but if latter is the case why is he afraid of organizing friendlies with players from less fancied league in Europe and Nig. league?). Just put it,to get the best out of our boys we need a highly reputable and relatively rich coach who does'nt need or expect any gifts to get you in the sqaud. But that notwithstanding I thank Mr.Amodu for finally getting us the ticket to Mundial and seize the opportunity to plead that you(Amodu) drop this job now and go with your clean CV. Trying anything further will mean denting your image for life, you tried your best but your best is not good enough and will not be better either!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:44 pm
the battle line
AMODU STAYS
AMODU WIN THE WC TICKECT, AMODU PLAYED 12 MATCHES WIN 9 DRAW 3 LOSS 0 AMODU QUALIFIED US TWICE AND THE LIST CONTINUES
AMODU MUST GO
AMODU IS NOT TACTICALLY SOUND, CAN YOU EXPLAIN? THE ANSWER WE GET IS CANNT YOU SEE IT YOURSELF LET US BE SERIOUS WITH OURSELF AND DONT LET US FOOL OURSELF THAT STAT DONT COME WITH LUCK MY BRO. AM A DIE HARD FAN OF MANUTD LET US TAKE AN EXAMPLE RONALDO WAS THE BEST FOOTBALLER IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THE REASONS WAS THAT HE SCORED 42 GOALS BUT NOBODY COMES OUT TO SAY OUT OF THE 42 GOALS 19 WERE PENALTY, IF ANOTHER PERSON HAD TAKEN THE PEN RONALDO WOULD HAVE SCORED 23 GOALS AND EVEN WITH THE 23 GOALS THERE ARE NUMBERS OF FREEKICKS IN IT. BUT YET THE STAT SPEAKS. LET US APPRECIATE OUR OWN AND GET A LIFE
IN AMODU WE TRUST
Anonymous
posted: 07:17 pm
This Lulu guy is a joke, he might have his reasons for keeping this Amodu guy but in no way there are close to helping Nigerian football, he holds the 4 aces that's why he's taking all the shots it's only in Nigeria u can package sand and sell to people and they'll buy it cuz they have no choice. I just wish a sensible top shot fires this guy and make a more competent person take his job or the super eagles will be heading for another failed outing.
Kola wole
posted: 07:36 pm
All these talk about retaining Amodu as SE coach has really dampened my joy of qualifying for SA 2010. I think Sanni Lulu is really demented. For God's sake, does it take more than 2 cerebral hemispheres and 2 eyes to see & perceive that Amodu is not a good coach?
Is this how we want the SE to play at Angola & SA? Patternless, without any passion....
Does this guy look like a world cup coach in thoughts, deeds & utterances?
Even the die-hard pro- Amodu fans on this forum accepts the guy's utterances lacks common- sense. I remember Ken gaddafi once advised him to get someone to do his PR for him, do we want to continue embarrasing ourselves? So our near heartbreaking, fortuitous qualification has suddenly made this guy a hero abi? if we had won in Kenya & Tunisia beat mozambique 1-0 will people here still be singing Amodu's praise?
Had Angola fumbled in Kigali in 2005 would our 5-1 whwitewash of Zimbabwe & qualification have made Eguavoen a super tactician?

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