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Seeds for 2010 qualifying named

Sepp Blatter
Fifa President Sepp Blatter with the World Cup trophy

World football's governing body Fifa has named the seeded teams for Africa's final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast are in the first pot of seeds, and will therefore not be drawn against each other.

The final group stage will take place next year, and will also determine the teams that qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Twenty teams are in the hat for the draw that will take place in Zurich on 22 October.

SEEDS FOR FINAL GROUP STAGE
Pot 1: Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast
Pot 2: Guinea, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, Algeria
Pot 3: Burkina Faso, Gabon, Zambia, Kenya, Benin
Pot 4: Rwanda, Togo, Mozambique, Sudan, Malawi

They will be put into five groups of four, with the winners going to the World Cup in South Africa and the top three in each group going to the Nations Cup in Angola.

The second pot of teams has Guinea, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali and Algeria.

The third pot contains Zambia and four teams that performed above expectations in the first group phase - Burkina Faso, Gabon, Kenya and Benin.

The final pot has Rwanda, Togo, Mozambique, Sudan and Malawi.

The seeds were determined using the latest Fifa world rankings.


see also
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
25 Apr 08 |  African
Cameroon move up world rankings
08 Oct 08 |  African


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