Nigeria’s past Nations Cup failure responsible for 2013 ranking

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Nigeria, based on the calculations, is ranked 6th in Africa for the Nations Cup.


The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has released its basis for placing Nigeria in POT 2 for the draw for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

In the document titled “The Classification Criteria of Teams,” CAF stated that apart from Host South Africa, and Defending Champion, Zambia, other nations were largely drawn based on their performance at the last three editions of the Nations Cup.

Nigeria’s performance at the last three editions, 2008, 2010, and 2012 led to Nigeria being ranked in the sixth position, with a total score of 8 points. Nigeria was eliminated in the quarter final in 2008, semi-final in 2010, and did not qualify for the 2012 edition.

Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana were ranked first and second respectively with each having 22 points. The two teams join South Africa and Zambia in Pot 1 as the top seeded teams.

The ranking means Nigeria will be in the same group as only one of the teams seeded in Pot 1. The other three teams in Pot 2, above Nigeria in rank and cannot be in same group as Nigeria, are Mali, Tunisia and Angola.

The draws will be held on October 24 in South Africa while the Nations Cup comes up in January in same country.

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