2026 World Cup Qualifier: Super Eagles to know group opponents Wednesday
The stage is set for the 2026 FIFA World Cup draw, billed for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Wednesday, July 12.
The three-time African champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, are among the teams that will discover their opponents in the qualifiers for the Mundial.
Jose Peseiro’s side are among the top nine seeds at the draw based on the latest FIFA Rankings.
Current African champions, the Terangha Lions of Senegal, the Atlas Lions of Morocco, the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, and the Desert Foxes of Algeria, are also seeded for the draw.
The other seeded teams are Les Aiglons of Mali, Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.
The Super Eagles will be hoping to avoid perennial rivals, Black Stars of Ghana, who are among the second-seeded teams.
All nine group winners will automatically qualify for the World Cup.
The best four runners-up will then go into play-offs, and the winners join five other teams in an inter-confederation tournament with two World Cup places up for grabs.
The qualifiers will kick-off in November 2023.
The 2026 World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.
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