Demanding Confed schedule for Nigeria
Nigeria will play Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti at the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup in Brazil after winning the Africa Cup of Nations title on Sunday.
It is a tall order for the Super Eagles as Spain are the World Cup and Euro championship title-holders and Uruguay came fourth at the last World Cup and are the reigning South American kings.
African teams have not performed well at a now-quadrennial tournament that is staged a year before a World Cup as a dress rehearsal, and brings together the champions of the six Fifa regions plus the host nation and the world champions.
Because Spain are the holders of the world and European titles, Euro 2012 runners-up Italy were included in the draw made last December with the African champions still unknown.
Nigeria kick off their campaign on June 17 against surprise Oceania champions Tahiti, tackle Uruguay three days later and on June 23 meet star-stacked Spain with the group winners and runners-up advancing to the semifinals.
Cameroon are the only Africans to reach the final, losing 1-0 to hosts France in 2003, but it proved a tragic tournament for the Indomitable Lions with Marc Vivien Foe suffering a fatal heart attack in an earlier match.
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CONFEDERATIONS CUP FIXTURES
At Brasilia: Brazil v Japan
At Rio de Janeiro: Mexico v Italy
At Fortaleza: Brazil v Mexico
At Recife: Italy v Japan
At Salvador: Italy v Brazil
At Belo Horizonte: Japan v Mexico
At Recife: Spain v Uruguay
At Belo Horizonte: Tahiti v Nigeria
At Rio de Janeiro: Spain v Tahiti
At Salvador: Nigeria v Uruguay
At Fortaleza: Nigeria v Spain
At Recife: Uruguay v Tahiti
At Belo Horizonte: Gp A winners v Gp B runners-up
At Fortaleza: Gp B winners v Gp A runners-up
Third place play-off
At Salvador: semifinals losers
At Rio de Janeiro: semifinals winners