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Egypt not among top seeds for World Cup qualifying draw

Egypt's complaint against a special FIFA ranking issued on 8 June rejected by the world governing body

Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 Jun 2016
Egypt's players celebrate a goal during the African Cup of Nations qualification match between Egypt and Nigeria in Kaduna, on March 25, 2016 (AFP)
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Egypt will not be among the top African seeds for Friday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw after their complaint against a special FIFA ranking was rejected by the world governing body.

The Pharaohs were hoping the 8 June ranking would be alerted after FIFA said earlier this month they would look into their complaint.

However, they must now settle for a place in pot 2, meaning they will clash with one of the following top guns: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal or Tunisia.

"The special ranking that was released on 8th June 2016 … fully served its essential and unique purpose of integrating all the official CAF AFCON qualifying matches that were played up to 5th June 2016 ahead of the draw," FIFA said in a letter to the African associations that will have representative teams in Friday's draw in Cairo.

"This ranking - 7th June 2016 - remains thus valid for the 3rd qualifying round draw."

The 20 African countries that made it to the final qualifying phase will be drawn into five groups with four teams in each group, with the group winners securing a place at the 2018 Russia finals.

Egypt have not reached world’s most prestigious football showpiece since making the last of their two appearances in 1990.

The seeding of the African teams according to the 8 June ranking

Pot 1:1-Algeria, 2-Ivory Coast, 3-Ghana, 4-Senegal and 5-Tunisia

Pot 2:6-Cap Verde, 7-Egypt, 8-DR Congo, 9-Nigeria and 10-Mali

Pot 3:11-Cameroon, 12-Morocco, 13-Guinea, 14-South Africa and 15-Congo

Pot 4:16-Uganda, 17-Burkina Faso, 18-Zambia, 19-Gabon, 20-Libya

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23-06-2016 04:32pm
I looked at the FIFA world ranking dated June 2nd, 2016, and it shows Egypt the fifth seed in Africa. I clicked on a link that shows the "redo" after complaints of calculations to FIFA on June 8th and surprisingly enough, it's not there anymore! I'm going to go ahead and say something seems fishy going on here! I hope and pray that Egypt make it to Russia in 2018. But if Egypt doesn't make it, remember the reason why is because this happened!
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