2026 World Cup: Ghana To Face Mali, Chad, Comoros In Qualifiers


In an exhilarating and highly anticipated event, the draw for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers took place today, revealing the groups for the African teams vying for a spot in the prestigious tournament which will be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Among the teams in contention, Ghana found itself placed in Group I, alongside Mali, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Comoros, and Chad.

The draw ceremony took place after the 45th Ordinary CAF General Assembly in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with the qualifiers scheduled to begin in November 2023. It was attended by football officials, coaches, and players from across the continent. The atmosphere was electric as the fate of each team was determined, setting the stage for an intense battle to secure a spot in the 2026 World Cup.

Ghana, a football powerhouse in Africa, has been drawn against some formidable opponents in Group I. The Black Stars will face tough challenges from Mali, who have consistently displayed their strength in recent years. Additionally, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Comoros, and Chad will be looking to upset Ghana’s ambitions of securing automatic qualification by putting up strong performances.

The qualification process for the 2026 World Cup in Africa will see nine group winners earn a direct ticket to the tournament. These teams will join the other elite footballing nations from around the world to showcase their skills on the global stage. However, the final spot, making it a total of ten teams from Africa, will be determined through playoffs, adding an extra layer of excitement and uncertainty to the qualifying campaign.

As the news of the draw spread across Ghana, football fans expressed mixed emotions. While some fans were optimistic about the team’s chances, recognizing the talent and experience of the Ghanaian players, others acknowledged the challenges that lay ahead.

The road to the 2026 World Cup will undoubtedly be arduous, requiring determination, teamwork, and exceptional performances.

With the qualifiers set to kick off in the coming months, the Ghanaian national team will soon begin their preparations. Black Stars Coach and his staff will be tasked with formulating a winning strategy and selecting the best players to represent the country. Ghanaians from all walks of life will rally behind their team, filling stadiums with chants and cheers in support of their beloved Black Stars.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup promises to be a spectacle of football excellence, and Ghana is determined to secure its place among the best. The journey begins now, as the Black Stars embark on a quest to conquer Group I and qualify for the tournament. Football enthusiasts in Ghana and around the world eagerly await the unfolding drama and are ready to
witness the triumphs and trials that lie ahead on the road to the 2026 World Cup.



By Vincent Kubi