The Super Eagles of Nigeria’s hunt for a 2026 FIFA World Cup slot will begin after being grouped in Group C alongside South Africa, Benin Republic, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Lesotho.
The three-time African champions were in Pot 1 and grouped durng the FIFA World Cup 2026 preliminary draw that took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Super Eagles who missed out of the Qatar World Cup will begin the hunt for world cup glory in games that will take place over ten matchdays during the next two years.
According to FIFA, the 54 CAF nations were seeded in six pots and then drawn into nine groups, each consisting of six teams.
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.
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).
It will be recalled that Africa got nine automatic places when the World Cup was expanded to 48 teams in 2026. The continent currently has five slots.
The bureau of the FIFA council agreed on the proposed allocation in a FIFA statement on March 30.
The World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada from, 11 June 2026 to 19 July 2026.