2026 CAF World Cup Qualifiers: Daily round-up & standings

The African Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup witnessed a thrilling Matchday Four. While established powerhouses like Morocco secured dominant victories, there were also surprising upsets. The reigning African champions, Ivory Coast, were held to a draw by Kenya, while Zambia and Uganda suffered unexpected defeats at home.

These results highlight the growing competitiveness of African football, where every match is crucial and underdogs are constantly rising to the challenge. The race for World Cup glory is wide open, and with every point earned or lost, the pressure and excitement intensify. African nations are ready to showcase their talent and fight for a coveted spot on the global stage.

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South Sudan

CAF World Cup Qualifiers Group B

South Sudan 0-3 Sudan (45+3’ Walieldin Khedr 51′  Yasir Mozamil, 78′ Mohamed Abdelrahman)

Sudan emerged victorious in their Group B clash against South Sudan, solidifying their position at the top of the table. The 3-0 win in Juba extends their lead over second-placed Senegal to two points. Walieldin Khedr, Yasir Mozamil, and Mohamed Abdelrahman found the net for the dominant Sudanese side, while South Sudan remains near the bottom of the group with only two points.

Group B P W D L GD Pts
1 Sudan 4 3 1 0 6 10
2 Senegal 4 2 2 0 5 8
3 DR Congo 4 2 1 1 2 7
4 Togo 4 0 3 1 -1 3
5 South Sudan 4 0 2 2 -7 2
6 Mauritania 4 0 1 3 -5 1
Rwanda

CAF World Cup Qualifiers Group C

Lesotho 0-1 Rwanda (45’ J. Kwizera)

South Africa 3-1 (1 ‘I. Rayners, 55′, 76' T. Morena,  2'T. Chirewa)

Rwanda continued their impressive run in Group C with a hard-fought victory over Lesotho at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Jojea Kwizera's solitary goal propelled the Amavubi to the top of the group standings with seven points, level on points with South Africa in second place. Lesotho remains in contention with five points despite the loss.

South Africa also secured a crucial victory in their 2026 World Cup Qualifiers, defeating Zimbabwe 3-1 at the Free State Stadium. The match started with a bang, with both teams scoring within the first two minutes. Iqraam Rayners put South Africa ahead early, but Tawanda Chirewa equalized for Zimbabwe just over a minute later.

South Africa dominated possession throughout the first half but couldn't break the deadlock. In the second half, Thapelo Morena, introduced as a substitute, emerged as the hero. He scored twice, first converting a loose ball after a fumble from the Zimbabwean goalkeeper, and then rounding the keeper to slot home after a brilliant pass from Teboho Mokoena. South Africa held on for a vital win that puts them joint top of Group C.

Group C P W D L GD Pts
1 Rwanda 4 2 1 1 2 7
2 South Africa 4 2 1 1 1 7
3 Benin 4 2 1 1 1 7
4 Lesotho 4 1 2 1 1 5
5 Nigeria 4 0 3 1 -1 3
6 Zimbabwe 4 0 2 2 -4 2
Gelson Dala of Angola celebrates goal with teammates during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Angola and Namibia.

CAF World Cup Qualifiers Group D

Angola 1-1 Cameroon (54′ Own Goal by M. Ngadeu, 11′ B. Mbeumo)

Cape Verde 1-0 Libya (10’ Diney Borges)

Mauritius 2-1 Eswatini (19′ M. Gaspard, 45′ L. Rose, 66′ A. Magagula)

Cameroon held onto top spot in Group D of the World Cup Qualifiers despite a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Angola. The visitors took the lead through Brian Mbeumo, but their advantage was short-lived as a Michael Ngadeu own goal restored parity for the Angolan side.

Diney Borges' early goal in the 10th minute secured a vital 1-0 victory for Cape Verde over Libya in Praia. This win keeps Cape Verde level on points with Libya in Group D, although the Libyans remain in second place due to a superior goal difference.

Sabelo Ndzinisa of Eswatini

Mauritius finally got off the mark in Group D with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Eswatini in Saint Pierre. Mike Gaspard and Lindsay Rose found the net for the jubilant home side, while Andy Magagula grabbed a consolation goal for Eswatini, who remain at the bottom of the group without a point.

Group D P W D L GD Pts
1 Cameroon 4 2 2 0 6 8
2 Libya 4 2 1 1 1 7
3 Cape Verde 4 2 1 1 0 7
4 Angola 4 1 3 0 1 6
5 Mauritius 4 1 1 2 -3 4
6 Eswatini 4 0 0 4 -5 0

CAF World Cup Qualifiers Group E

Congo 0-6 Morocco (8’ A. Ounahi, 16’ C. Riad,  20′, 39′, 53’ A. El Kaabi, ‘ 62' S. Rahimi )

Zambia 0-1 Tanzania (5’ W.Junior)

Morocco continued their dominant run in Group E, thrashing Congo 6-0 in Agadir to maintain their perfect record. Ayoub El Kaabi stole the show with a hat-trick, while Azzedine Ounahi, Chadi Riad, and Soufiane Rahimi also got on the scoresheet for the Atlas Lions. This emphatic victory keeps Morocco atop the group standings, while Congo languishes at the bottom without a point.

Tanzania Latihan

The Taifa Stars of Tanzania caused an upset in Group E, defeating hosts Zambia 1-0 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. Waziri Junior's early goal proved decisive for Tanzania, who climb to second place in the group with six points, three ahead of Zambia.

Group E P W D L GD Pts
1 Morroco 3 3 0 0 9 9
2 Tanzania 3 2 0 1 0 6
3 Niger 2 1 0 1 0 3
4 Zambia 4 1 0 3 -1 3
5 Congo 2 0 0 2 -8 0
6 Eritrea 0 0 0 0 0 0

CAF World Cup Qualifiers Group F

Kenya 0-0 Ivory Coast

Gabon 3-2 Gambia (52 ‘J. Allevinah, 70′ P. Aubameyang, 72′ D. Bouanga, 33′ Y. Minteh, 79' E. Adams)

Seychelles 1-3 Burundi (78’ L. Hoareau, 34’ S. Abdallah, 62′, 69’ B. Kanakimana)

Ivory Coast's perfect start to their World Cup Qualifiers campaign came to an end in Group F after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Kenya at the Bungu National Stadium in Lilongwe. Despite dropping points for the first time, the Elephants maintain their lead at the top of the group with 10 points. Kenya, meanwhile, move up to fifth with five points.

In a dramatic comeback victory, Gabon snatched all three points from Gambia with a final score of 3-2. Despite conceding first to Yankuba Minteh, the hosts roared back with goals from Jim Allevinah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Denis Bouanga. A late goal by Ebou Adams for Gambia caused a tense finish, but Gabon held on to solidify their second-place position in Group F. Gambia remains in fourth place with three points.

Burundi climbed to third place in Group F with a convincing 3-1 victory over Seychelles in Berkane. Sudi Abdallah and Bienvenue Kanakimana, who bagged a brace, were the heroes for the East Africans. Lorenzo Hoareau scored a consolation goal for the Seychelles, but it wasn't enough to prevent defeat. This win puts Burundi on seven points in the group standings.

Group F P W D L GD Pts
1 Ivory Coast 4 3 1 0 12 10
2 Gabon 4 3 0 1 2 9
3 Burundi 4 2 1 1 2 7
4 Kenya 4 1 2 1 4 5
5 Gambia 4 1 0 3 0 3
6 Seychelles 4 0 0 4 -20 0

CAF World Cup Qualifiers Group I

Madagascar 0-0 Mali

Chad 0-2 Comoros (59’ M. Maolida, 76′ E. Ben Nabouhane)

Madagascar and Mali played to a hard-fought draw at the FNB Stadium in a Group I fixture. Despite a valiant effort from Madagascar, the match ended scoreless. Mali remains in third place in the group with five points, two ahead of Madagascar.

Youssouf M'Changama, Comoros, celebrates vs Cameroon, Afcon 2021

Comoros continued their impressive World Cup qualification campaign with a dominant 2-0 victory over Chad in Oujda. Myziane Maolida and El Fardou Ben Nabouhane found the net for the Islanders, who climb to the top of Group I with nine points. Chad remains rooted to the bottom of the group without a point.

Group I P W D L GD Pts
1 Comoros 4 3 0 1 4 9
2 Ghana 4 3 0 1 2 9
3 Madagascar 4 2 1 1 3 7
4 Mali 4 1 2 1 1 5
5 Central African Republic 4 1 1 2 -2 4
6 Chad 4 0 0 4 -8 0
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