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OFFICIAL: Egypt in Pot 2 for African World Cup qualifiers draw

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Egypt have been placed in Pot 2 for the African World Cup qualifiers draw, according to the FIFA rankings released on Wednesday.

Egypt came seventh in the FIFA ‘special’ rankings released on June 8, which included the results of the CAF qualifiers games played between 3-5 June.

The Egyptian team have failed to avoid the toughest sides after being placed in Pot 2, and are now likely to feature in a difficult group.

The Pharaohs could face Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal or Tunisia, who will be in Pot 1 as they secured the top five rankings among the qualified African teams.

Pot 1:
Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia

Pot 2:
Cape Verde, Egypt, Congo DR, Nigeria, Mali

Pot 3:
Cameroon, Morocco, Guinea, South Africa, Congo

Pot 4:
Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Gabon, Libya

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers draw will be held on June 24 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo. The 20 teams will be drawn into five four-team groups with the winner of each group advancing to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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  1. Yehya Asker (@YehyaAsker)

    June 8, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    So the Tunisian FA played some cards at FIFA while our EFA and Hany Abou Rida were watching helplessly. Apparently, FIFA is “still” corrupt in a disgusting way, while EFA and Abou Rida should be ashamed of themselves for simply doing nothing for their country.

    Until, we as Egyptians, punish such useless bureaucrats, nothing will change!

  2. Leo

    June 8, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    why did my comments get deleted?

  3. Hosam

    June 9, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Maybe in 2022 then.. Egypt isnt able to beat any team from pot 1. The proof is the two matches against Senegal and Tunisia. Beaten twice by both countries. Ghana also impossible.. remember 6-1.. And algeria was impossible when the algerian team was shitty in 2009. Even countries as Cameroon, South Africa and Morocco are very difficult to defeat especially Morocco with Hervé Renard. He’s the Jose Mourinho of africa.. Egypt needs two miracles to go to the world cup and as the history of the egyptian team have proved. We will not succeed sad enough..

    • Jos

      June 9, 2016 at 3:11 PM

      Then what’s the point of trying to qualify if you can’t beat anyone? You don’t realise the other countries also fear Egypt. Plus that Shawky Gharib isn’t the coach. That team that lost to Tunisia and Senegal was is different than the team now. Football stays football. Sorry but it’s a weak mentality. Yes it’s unfair but I so hope we get Tunisia in the group.

  4. steve kolbe (@kolbesteve)

    June 9, 2016 at 1:47 AM

    Egypt is capable of qualifying even from Pot 2 …but should protest on the rotten FIFA…

    • Magdy Fouad

      June 9, 2016 at 6:28 AM

      I totally agree I hope that the EFA
      does it and complain. Someone in FIFA should be fired

  5. Magdy Fouad

    June 9, 2016 at 3:51 AM

    Can we protest against FIFA decision?

  6. Nader

    June 9, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    It was totally clear that we would be in Pot 2 unless we would have played against CDR. A win against CDR would have pushed us in Pot 1, i wrote that already in my posts! Haha and what does the Glorious EFA, they cancel the Friendly against CDR!!! But you expect some brainless corupt members from EFA to do their homework?? Forget it, and Hany Abo Reda keeps telling us Egypt will be in Pot 1 if they win against TAN, no matter what 😀 Blablabla!! These people perfectly reflect egyptian society, talking big like champions, but knowing shit about the topic itself!

  7. Ramy

    June 9, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Can someone explain how the fifa rankings work? I dont get how we r in pot 2. I thought it would be a wash sonce both Egypt and Tunis won their games?

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