Friday’s final draw is billed to take place at the State Kremlin Palace and will start at 6 pm Moscow time (4 pm Nigeria time).
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, as well as 31 other countries, will be part of Friday’s draw that will reveal the group opponents of the participating teams.
Gary Lineker, who played in the 1986 and 1990 finals for England and scored in both competitions, will conduct the draw alongside Russian star, Maria Komandnaya.
Nigeria is in Pot 4, alongside Serbia, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, and Saudi Arabia.
It means the eight countries cannot meet each other in the group stage of the tournament next year.
POT 1: Russia; Germany; Brazil; Portugal; Argentina; Belgium; Poland; France
POT 2: Spain; Peru; Switzerland; England; Colombia; Mexico; Uruguay; Croatia
POT 3: Denmark; Iceland; Costa Rica; Sweden; Tunisia; Egypt; Senegal; Iran
POT 4: Serbia; Nigeria; Australia; Japan; Morocco; Panama; Korea Republic; Saudi Arabia.
Host Cities: Moscow; Ekaterinburg; Saransk; Rostov-On-Don; Kazan; Kaliningrad; Sochi; Samara; Saint Petersburg; Volgograd; Nizhny Novgorod
Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates from inside the State Kremlin Palace – the Parliament of the Russian Federation.
Russia President starts the ceremony with his opening speech
After the music performance…. the legends are now been called for the draw proper
Draw assistants are Laurent Blanc (1998 World Cup winner with France); Gordon Banks (goalkeeper of England’s 1966 –winning squad); Cafu (two –time winner with Brazil, also involved in the Final Draw for 2014 competition); Fabio Cannavaro (Italy’s 2006 team –winning captain, also involved in the Final Draw for 2014 competition), Diego Forlan (whose Uruguay won in 1930 and 1950); Diego Maradona (who led Argentina to victory in 1986, after they won at home in 1978); Carles Puyol (involved in Spain’s 2010 triumph in South Africa) and Nikita Simonyan (who played for 2018 hosts Russia in the 1958 finals in Sweden).
Gary Lineker, who played in the 1986 and 1990 finals for England and scored in both competitions is in charge of the draw.. he is reeling out the pots again
The highest rated teams and the Host Russia in pot 1 and the lowest rated in pot 4.
Gary Lineker, who played in the 1986 and 1990 finals for England and scored in both competitions is in charge of the draw.. He is reeling out the pots again
France is C1
No two teams will be drawn will be drawn from the same footballing zone, with the exception of Europe which has 14 teams.
Argentina Nigeria’s world cup customers are D1