Africa’s 2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Egypt Dominates, Nigeria Holds Firm in Opening Matches

The qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Africa kicked off in November, delivering exciting matchups.

The clash between Egypt and Djibouti at Cairo’s International Stadium witnessed a dominant performance by the Pharaohs, who secured a resounding 6-0 victory over the Red Sea Sharks.

Egypt’s star player, Mohamed Salah, emerged as the hero of the match by scoring a quadruple, simultaneously making history as Egypt’s top scorer in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. This impressive outcome places Egypt at the top of Group A.

At the same time, Nigeria faced Lesotho in their inaugural qualification match for the World Cup at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Akwa Ibom State.

Without their star striker, Victor Osimhen, the Super Eagles settled for a draw. After a goalless first half, Lesotho took the lead in the 56th minute through Motlomelo Mkhwanazi.

However, nine minutes later, Nigeria swiftly responded, leveling the score with Semi Ajayi’s goal.

Despite missing their key forward, the Super Eagles remain in contention in these qualifiers, aiming for a spot in the 2026 World Cup.

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