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Nigeria begin 2026 FIFA World Cup campaign at home against Lesotho (Check the full fixture)

Nigeria Super Eagles is set to embark on their journey towards the 2026 FIFA World Cup with a home fixture against the Crocodiles of Lesotho in November 2023, as the full schedule for the qualifiers has been unveiled.

The Super Eagles find themselves placed in Group C alongside South Africa, Benin, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Lesotho. This grouping was determined during the draw ceremony held in July.

Kicking off their quest for a spot in the global football spectacle in 2026, Nigeria will host Lesotho, also known as the Crocodiles, between November 13 and 21. Following this, the team will travel to Zimbabwe for their second qualifying match during the same November period. The remaining eight matches are scheduled for 2024 and 2025.

The qualification process involves a home-and-away round-robin format within each of the nine groups. The winners of these groups will automatically secure their spots in the FIFA World Cup 2026. Additionally, the four best group runners-up will proceed to a play-off stage to determine the representative of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the FIFA play-off tournament.

The FIFA play-off tournament will feature one team from each of FIFA’s six confederations, excluding UEFA, along with one additional team from the host confederation (Concacaf). Among these teams, two will be seeded based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The seeded teams will compete for a FIFA World Cup berth against the winners of the initial two knockout matches involving the four unseeded teams.

Below is the complete fixture list for Nigeria in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers:

November 13 – 21, 2023: Nigeria vs Lesotho || Zimbabwe vs Nigeria

June 03 – 11, 2024: Nigeria vs South Africa || Benin vs Nigeria

March 17 – 25, 2025: Rwanda vs Nigeria || Nigeria vs Zimbabwe

September 01 – 09, 2025: Nigeria vs Rwanda || South Africa vs Nigeria

October 06 – 14, 2025: Lesotho vs Nigeria || Nigeria vs Benin

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