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2026 World Cup qualifiers: Ghana to know opponents in July

Published on: 19 May 2023

Ghana will learn their opponents for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers as the draw is scheduled to take place in Benin on July 12.

The Black Stars face a challenging path to secure a spot in the tournament, which will be jointly hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has established a qualification format for African teams, involving a total of nine or possibly ten teams from the continent. The qualifiers will consist of nine groups, each consisting of six teams. The top team from each group will directly qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

To determine the tenth representative from Africa, CAF has introduced an additional opportunity. The four best second-placed teams from the groups will enter a playoff. The winner of this playoff will then compete against a team from the CONCACAF zone for a chance to secure the tenth and final spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The qualifiers are scheduled to take place over a two-year period, from November 2023 to November 2025. The first and second matchdays are set for November 2023, followed by the third and fourth matchdays in June 2024. Matches will continue from the fifth to the tenth matchday throughout 2025.

The Black Stars have qualified for four out of the last five World Cups and will be aiming to make their fifth appearance. In the most recent World Cup in Qatar, they were eliminated in the group stage after finishing at the bottom of their group, which included Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay.

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