World Cup draw to take place on Friday, Dec 1

The final draw for the World Cup 2018 tournament will be held on Friday, and will likely spark anticipation among football lovers worldwide.

The draw will be held in the Russian capital, Moscow, in the impressive setting of the State Kremlin Palace.

The official hosts for the draw ceremony are former England striker Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.

The two will be assisted by eight former footballers who have been chosen to represent the host nation and seven World Cup-winning teams.

Laurent Blanc (France), Gordon Banks (England), Cafu (Brazil), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Carles Puyol (Spain), Diego Forlan (Uruguay) and Diego Maradona (Argentina) represent seven of the nations to have won the tournament and Nikita Simonyan will represent Russia.

The 32 qualified teams are already pooled into four pots based on their current FIFA rankings.

Eight groups will be drawn in total, from A-H.

Each group will contain one team from each pot, and no team can be drawn alongside another team from the same pot.

No teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, will be drawn in the same group.

A maximum of two European countries can be in any group.

Africa will be represented at the World competition by Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria and Morocco.

Notably, Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Cameroon will miss the Russian showdown after failing to qualify from their group. The Indomitable Lions finished third after Nigeria and Zambia.