Egypt & Nigeria take centre stage in Thursday’s WC qualifiers

Egypt & Nigeria take centre stage in Thursday’s WC qualifiers
Mohamed Salah of Egypt during the 2023 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers match between Malawi and Egypt held at Lilongwe Stadium in Lilongwe, Malawi on 28 March 2023 ©BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Nov 16, 2023. 11:00

With the first round of Africa 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers underway, Egypt will look to put their 2022 World Cup qualifier woes behind them, while Nigeria eye another major tournament.

As another main attraction fixture this week, the Super Eagles will host Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Thursday evening in Group C.

Nigeria has been one of the best performing African sides in the last year, having booked their spot in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in emphatic fashion.

Elsewhere, Gambia will travel to the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium where they will take on Burundi in their Group F encounter. Much like that of Nigeria, Gambia head into their World Cup qualifiers on the back of an impressive AFCON bid.

Then, a star-studded Egypt side will face minnows Djibouti at the Cairo International Stadium on Thursday.

As a key matchup in Group A, The Pharaohs will hope to commence their World Cup qualification on a strong note after missing out on the showpiece last year.

Fixtures, Thursday, 16 November

Burundi vs Gambia

Botswana vs Mozambique

Nigeria vs Lesotho

Sudan vs Togo

Gabon vs Kenya

Algeria vs Somalia

Egypt vs Djibouti

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