2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates & Venues confirmed for Nigeria games

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and South Africa will now be held on June 7 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The Super Eagles will then travel to Ivory Coast to face Gernot Rohr’s Benin Republic at the Felix-Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, on June 10.

The games will be Finidi George’s first assignment with the Super Eagles following his appointment as Jose Peseiro’s successor on a one-year contract.

Nigeria are without a win in the World Cup qualifiers having settled for 1-1 draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe in their Group C games.

The three-time African champions will face South Africa for the second time in 2024 after edging Hugo Broos’ men at the semi-final stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in February.

The second game against West African neighbours, Benin would see Gernot Rohr reunite with his former Nigeria players in Abidjan.

The German coach was sacked as Nigeria coach in December 2021 after over five years at the national team’s helm.

In Group C of the CAF World Cup qualifiers, Rwanda sit comfortably at the top of the table with four points from two games while South Africa are second with three points.

The Super Eagles are placed third on the log with two points after two games alongside Lesotho and Zimbabwe, while Benin are rooted to the bottom with a point.

The top-placed team in the group will automatically qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the USA, Canada and Mexico while the four best runners-up will compete in play-offs to determine Africa’s representative at the inter-confederation playoffs.

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