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CAF approves two Ghanaian stadiums for 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers; Check list

Two stadiums in Ghana approved for 2026 World Cup qualifiers

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has pre-approved two Ghanaian stadiums for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The first round of the qualifiers has been scheduled for November with Baba Yara Sports Stadium and Cape Coast Sports Stadium as the only two venues in Ghana approved for the qualifiers.

Surprisingly, the Accra Sports Stadium is not among the list of Ghanaian stadiums pre-approved for the qualifiers.

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Ghana is in group I alongside Mali, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Comoros and Chad.

2026 World Cup Format

Due to nine CAF teams now directly qualifying instead of five, the CAF Executive Committee announced a new qualification format on 19 May 2023.

Teams have been drawn into nine groups of six teams. The winner of each group will directly qualify to the World Cup, while the four best group runners-up will participate in play-offs to determine which team will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Group stage

Nine groups of six teams will play in a home-and-away round-robin matches. Group winners will qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Play-off stage

The four best group runners-up will be drawn into play-offs to determine the CAF representative at the inter-confederation play-offs.

Check list of pre-approved venues below;

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