The Black Stars will discover their opponents for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers today, on Thursday, July 13. The official draw for the qualifiers will take place in Benin during the 45th CAF General Assembly.
Ghana, aiming for their fifth appearance at the global showpiece after participating in the 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2022 editions, has been placed in Pot 2 for the 2026 World Cup African qualifiers. They could potentially face tough opponents such as Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, or Tunisia in the group stage of the qualifying series.
FIFA revealed the pots for the Africa qualifiers on July 2, with the group draw scheduled for July 12. Alongside Ghana in Pot 2 are Burkina Faso, South Africa, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Guinea, Zambia, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea.
According to the draw rules, there will be nine groups of six teams, and all the group winners will secure qualification for the World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada. The four best second-place teams will compete in a mini-tournament, and the winner will advance to an intercontinental playoff.
Here are the pots for the upcoming draw:
Pot One: Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire
Pot Two: Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa, Cape Verde, Congo DR, Guinea, Zambia, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea
Pot Three: Uganda, Benin, Mauritania, Kenya, Congo, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Angola
Pot Four: Mozambique, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Malawi, Libya
Pot Five: Niger, Comoros, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Botswana, Liberia
Pot Six: Lesotho, South Sudan, Mauritius, Chad, São Tomé and Príncipe, Djibouti, Seychelles, Eritrea, Somalia