Zambia will know their 2018 FIFA World Cup final stage opponents on Friday when the Africa zone group stage qualifying draws are made at CAF headquarters in Cairo.
Chipolopolo is one of twenty teams that advanced to the final qualifying phase from last November’s two-legged knockout rounds and has been seeded according to the FIFA rankings of June 7, 2016 in four pots.
Zambia are in the lowest seeded Pot 4 where the draw will commence from on Friday with the first of of the five team picked from the bowl going into Group A until the fifth one completes Group E.
The sequence will be repeated in Pot 3, 2 and 1.
Zambia will avoid Burkina Faso, Uganda, Gabon and Libya who are also in Pot 4.
However, they could be reunited with 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifier opponents Congo-Brazzaville who are in Pot 3 that also consists of South Africa and Guinea including Africa’s most successful World Cup campaigner, with seven outings, Cameroon.
A potential draw against Herve Renard’s Morocco who are also in Pot 3 is quite possible.
Pot 2 comprises of Egypt, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Nigeria and Mali.
Potential opponents from Pot 1 are Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire.
The group stage qualifiers will kickoff this October and run until November 2017 with the group winners from the four pools of five teams qualifying to the Russia finals to be held from June 14, to July 15, 2018.