The World football’s governing body, FIFA says it will release new seeding for the 2018 World Cup qualifying for Africa on June 21 following complaints from several teams.
According to a memo signed by FIFA Secretary General, Marco Villiger and sent to the 20 remaining teams in the final rounds of qualifiers, a special ranking will be released on June 21, just three days before the draw for the World Cup qualifiers.
The 20 teams will be drawn into five groups of four teams with the overall group winners qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The memo stated:
“Following some complaints with regards to the fluctuation of the FIFA/Coca Cola ranking in the month of June and, with the aim of transparency, it was decided to proceed to establishing a special FIFA/Coca Cola ranking with a closer date close to the one fixed for the draw.
“Therefore, a special ranking will be established on 21st June, 2016 in order to distribute the qualified teams into different pots accordingly. Please note that you will receive a specific communication in this respect on 21st June, 2016, in which the confirmation of the pots for the 20 teams will be revealed.”
Egypt is among the countries that had complained about the seeding which put the seven-time African champions in Pot 2 along with Nigeria. The North Africans have argued they should be Pot 1 which is reserved for the top seeds.
Meanwhile, former Argentinian football star, Diego Maradona on Friday accused FIFA’s former president, Joseph Blatter, of stealing while at the helm of the international football association. The ex-international compared him with a former government official imprisoned for corruption in Argentina, claiming that Blatter has more money than Jose Lopez.
He therefore, called on Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney General investigating corruption within FIFA, to come to Argentina so that she could see things for herself.