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.
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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)