Ghana drawn in Group I with Mali for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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The Black Stars have been drawn in Group B alongside giants Mali for the qualifiers of the 2026 World Cup to be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The draw took place at the Sofitel Hotel in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and was conducted by CAF Competitions Director, Samson Adamu and some African football legends which include; Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Eboue, Jay Jay Okocha, Alex Song and some few others.

In the draw, 54 teams were drawn into nine groups of six teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches.

The draw four times African champions, Ghana drawn in Group I with Mali, Madagascar, Central Africa Republic, Comoros and Chad.

Group E presented us with the toughest group, Morocco were drawn Zambia, Congo, Tanzania, Niger and Eritrea.

The winner of each group will qualify for the World Cup, while the best four second placed teams from across all nine groups will enter into a Continental play-off to determine one winner who will then proceed to a second and final play-off which will include six teams from the other different confederations.

The top two of these six will qualify for the World Cup to make up the 48 teams.

The qualifiers are scheduled to start in November this year, with Match Day One and Two scheduled for between 13-21 November, while the third and fourth match days are scheduled for June 2024.

The last match day will be in the week of October 6-14 while the Continental play-off will be staged between 10-18 November 2025 at a venue to be communicated later.

Ghana is chasing a 5th appearance at the World Cup after representing in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2022 editions.

Below is the full draw:

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