FIFA World Cup 2026’s African Preliminary Qualifiers Draw Sets Stage for Fierce Competition

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Following the 45th CAF General Assembly, the official draw for the African preliminary qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2026 took held, which was a much anticipated occasion. The 54 African countries competing for the 9.5 available seats for Africa in the 2018 World Cup began their trip with the draw, which was seen by CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe and FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Abidjan.

The draw split the teams into nine groups of six with the help of renowned football figures like Emmanuel Eboue, Asamoah Gyan, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Emmanuel Adebayor, Wael Gomaa, and Alexandre Song. These teams will compete against one another in the qualifiers, which are set to begin in November, in an effort to earn a seat in the much awaited competition that will take place in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

The champions of each group will get automatic qualifying, while the top four runners-up will compete in a CAF Play-Off event. With the aim of becoming the tenth African country to qualify for the World Cup, the winner of the CAF Play-Off Tournament will subsequently advance to the FIFA Play-Off Tournament.

Following the draw in Abidjan, these are the groups:

Egypt, Burkina Faso, and Guinea-Bissau, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone are in Group A.

Senegal, DR Congo, Mauritania, Togo, Sudan, and South Sudan make up Group B.

Nigeria, South Africa, Benin,  Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Rwanda make up Group C.

Group D consists of Cameroon, Cape Verde, Angola, Libya Mauritius and Eswatini

Group E members include Morocco, Zambia, Congo, Tanzania, Niger, and Eritrea.

Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Kenya, The Gambia, Burundi, and Seychelles make up Group F.

Algeria, Guinea, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana, and Somalia make up Group G.

Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Malawi, Liberia, and So Tomé and Prncipe make up Group H.

Mali, Ghana, Madagascar, the Central African Republic, the Comoros, and Chad make up Group I.

Intense competition and exciting games are promised during the preliminary qualifications in Africa as countries compete to earn a spot in the FIFA World Cup 2026. The next action is keenly anticipated by football enthusiasts throughout the globe.

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