The African draw for the 2026 FIFA World Cup has been successfully held today, Thursday, July 13.
At the end of the draw, the preliminary round of the qualifiers which will be the Group Stage has been finalised.
The Black Stars of Ghana have been pitted in Group I to face Mali, Chad, Comoros, Central African Republic, and Madagascar.
African Champions Senegal is in Group B while giants Egypt and Nigeria are in Group A and C respectively.
Checkout the full draw from the attachment below:
FIFA World Cup 2026 ™️ Preliminary Draw – CAF 👇
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CAF in May announced a new format for the qualifiers of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, following the decision by FIFA to increase Africa’s quota from five to nine direct tickets.
From the new format which was approved by the Executive Committee of CAF during its meeting in Algiers on Thursday, all the 54 Member Associations will be divided into nine groups of six teams each.
Games will be played on a round-robin basis, and the top team from each group after Match Day 10, will earn an automatic qualification to the 2026 World Cup.
Subsequently, the best four second-placed teams from across all nine groups will enter into a Continental play-off to determine one winner who will then proceed to a second and final play-off which will include six teams from the other different confederations.
From here, another African country could secure qualification to bring the total number of representatives from the continent to 10.
The African qualifiers which will be played in a period of two years will commence in November this year.
The next FIFA World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.