2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana face Mali, other ‘Non-Football’ Nations including Madagascar


Draw for the the 2026 FIFA World Cup tournament in Mexico, Canada and the United States of America for Africa was held on Thursday July 13, 2023 with Ghana’s Black Stars drawing Mali, who are a rising with pace on the African continent.


Ghana will not only face the Malians but will also come up against minnows Madagascar, Comoros, Central African Republic and Chad in hope to make it to the FIFA Mundial for the fifth time in the country’s history.

A spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup is up for grabs and Ghana will fancy its chances for making it to the tournament after swerving several top teams in Africa including, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Africa Champions, Senegal.

The tournament is set to be jointly hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada in the summer of 2026 with Africa given nine slots from five for the first time due to the increase of participating teams.

The qualification process established by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) involves nine groups, each consisting of six teams. The top nine teams from these groups will automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

Another point is, the four best second-placed teams will be involved in a playoffs and the winners of the exercise facing a team from the CONCACAF zone for a place at the World Cup.

The stage is set as the race to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup tournament starts from November 2023 to November 2025.


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