JUST IN: 2026 World Cup qualifiers: Africa’s draw held + Full fixtures

Former African champions, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, have been drawn against their eternal rivals, South Africa, in Group C of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Nigerian will also do battle with Benin Republic, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Lesotho for Group’s ticket….CONTINUE READING

Nigeria’s former captain, Austin Jay jay Okocha; and erstwhile Côte d’Ivoire defender, Emmanuel Eboue, were among other top African stars present at the ceremony.

The 2026 edition of the tournament, to be hosted jointly by Canada, United States of America and Mexico, will have 48 teams, expanded from 32.

Africa will have 10 guaranteed spots for the competition.

The winners of the nine groups will qualify for the tournament, while the best four runners up will enter a play-off where the best team will go to North America.

Qualifiers will kick off in the first weekend of November.

Group A

Egypt, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Djibouti

Group B

Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania, Togo, Sudan, South Sudan

Group C

Nigeria, South Africa, Benin, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Lesotho

Group D

Cameroon, Cape Verde, Angola, Libya, Eswatini, Mauritius

Group E

Morocco, Zambia, Congo Brazzaville, Tanzania, Niger, Eritrea

Group F

Ivory Coast, Gabon, Kenya, Gambia, Burundi, Seychelles

Group G

Algeria, Guinea, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana, Somalia

Group H

Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Malawi, Liberia, Sao Tome e Principe

Group I

Mali, Ghana, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Comoros, Chad


1, 2: November 13-21, 2023

3, 4: June 3-11, 2024

5, 6: March 17-25, 2025

7, 8: September 1-9, 2025

9, 10: October 6-14, 2025


November 10-18, 2025….CONTINUE READING