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BREAKING: Nigeria To Battle South Africa, Benin, Zimbabwe In 2026 World Cup Qualifiers

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been drawn alongside South Africa, Benin, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Lesotho in Group C of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

Overtnews news reports that the Super Eagles will face tough opponents particularly the Bafana Bafana of South Africa Gernot Rhor’s Benin Republic.

Elsewhere, the continent’s reigning champions, Senegal, who were beaten by England in the Round of 16 at the most recent edition, are in Group B and will tackle Congo DR, Mauritania, Togo, Sudan and South Sudan.

Qatar 22 semi-finalists Morocco will face Zambia, Congo, Tanzania, Niger and Eritrea on the road to FIFA World Cup 26 after being drawn in Group E.

Group C features both Nigeria and 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa, along with Benin, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Lesotho.

Group A
Egypt
Burkina Faso
Guinea-Bissau
Sierra Leone
Ethiopia
Djibouti

Group B
Senegal
Congo DR
Mauritania
Togo
Sudan
South Sudan

Group C
Nigeria
South Africa
Benin
Zimbabwe
Rwanda
Lesotho

Group D
Cameroon
Cabo Verde
Angola
Libya
Eswatini
Mauritius

Group E
Morocco
Zambia
Congo
Tanzania
Niger
Eritrea

Group F
Côte d’Ivoire
Gabon
Kenya
The Gambia
Burundi
Seychelles

Group G
Algeria
Guinea
Uganda
Mozambique
Botswana
Somalia

Group H
Tunisia
Equatorial Guinea
Namibia
Malawi
Liberia
São Tomé and Príncipe

Group I
Mali
Ghana
Madagascar
Central African Republic
Comoros
Chad

According to FIFA, the nine groups will play in a home and away, round-robin, format with each of the group winners qualifying automatically for the FIFA World Cup 26™ .

The four best group runners-up will then compete in a play-off stage to determine CAF’s representative at the FIFA play-off tournament.

The FIFA play-off tournament will feature one team from each of FIFA’s six confederations, except UEFA, plus one additional team from the host confederation (Concacaf).

Two of the six teams will be seeded based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The seeded teams will play for a FIFA World Cup berth against the winners of the first two knockout games involving the four unseeded teams.

They will take place over ten matchdays during the next two years:

13-21 November 2023
3-11 June 2024
17-25 March 2025
1-9 September 2025
6-14 October 2025
10-18 November 2025 (Play-offs)

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