Ghana’s national team, the Black Stars, is gearing up for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which are scheduled to begin in November of this year. Their goal is to secure their fifth qualification for the tournament.
The draw for the upcoming World Cup will take place on July 12, 2023, in Benin. During this event, Ghana will discover the teams they will be competing against in their qualifying group.
The Black Stars anticipate a more challenging path to qualify for the World Cup, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has introduced a new format for African teams.
Under this new format, nine groups will be formed, with each group consisting of six teams. The objective of this change is to intensify the competition among African nations and provide them with increased opportunities to secure a spot in the global showcase.
The team that finishes first in each group will earn direct qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This alteration aims to offer a clear and straightforward pathway for the most dominant teams in each group to secure their place on the world stage.
However, the battle for World Cup berths will not be limited to the group winners alone. In an exciting twist to the qualification process, the committee has announced that the four best second-place teams from the groups will have the chance to compete for a playoff spot.
This playoff will determine the African representative who will then face a team from the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) region. The outcome of this intercontinental playoff will ultimately determine which team secures a place in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The changes in the qualification format present a greater challenge for Ghana’s national team, the Black Stars. They now face a longer and more demanding campaign as they strive to secure their spot in the prestigious tournament. The road to the World Cup will require their utmost determination and performance on the field.