Africa’s 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - 9 June 2024

Africa’s 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - 9 June 2024
Habib Diallo of Senegal celebrates goal with team players during the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026 match between Mauritania and Senegal at Cheikha Ould Boidiya Stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania on the 9th of June 2024 ©Lamine Faye/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jun 09, 2024. 22:20

Stay with as we bring you the latest updates in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers from across the continent.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup. The tournament will take place from June 11 to July 19, 2026. It will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Matches are taking place from Wednesday, 05 June 2024 – Tuesday, 11 June 2024.

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CAF World Cup Qualifiers results, Sunday 9 June

Sao Tome 0-1 Liberia

Djibouti 1-1 Ethiopia

DR Congo 1-0 Togo

Mauritania 0-1 Senegal

Namibia 0-0 Tunisia

Match Report: Namibia unable to break down Tunisia in Orlando

Namibia were unable to breakthrough against Tunisia as they played to a goalless draw stalemate in their CAF 2026 World Cup qualifier at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. Read more…

19:55 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — Full time in Johannesburg as both the teams played to a stalemate in Group H. They remain first and second in the standings with 10 and eight points respectively after four matches in the qualifying campaign.

19:29 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — 20 minutes left to play in Johannesburg and the scoreline remains goalless. Neither team has been able to break the deadlock.

19:13 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — Second half has been underway for 10 minutes. Tunisia have regained their composure and footing. Making more attacking moves and keeping the ball.

18:48 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — Half-time. Nothing separates the two sides at the break. Namibia dominating in the attack however Tunisia are working well to contain them. 24 year old attacker Muzeu the star of the show in the first half. Riaan Hanamub also stands out on the flanks.

18:38 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — The scoreline remains goalless however Namibia are seemingly looking as the more likely team to draw first blood. 38 minutes have been played.

18:29 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — A cross into the box from Bethuel Muzeu causes problems for Tunisia’s defence, a corner is given which also caused panic in the box but they manage to clear their lines.

18:21 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — Tunisia is now attacking more following their earlier mishap. Still goalless after 20 minutes played in Orlando.

18:15 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — Namibia very close to getting into the lead and get the ball into the back of the net. But the goal is disallowed as Ben Said is fouled in the box.

18:08 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — Eight minutes have been played in Johannesburg. It’s quite clear that it’s going to be a very physical game of football with both teams pressing for possession.

18:02 — Namibia 0-0 Tunisia — Match is underway at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg. Namibia looking to pull off the same upset they did in the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

17:40 — Namibia v Tunisia — Starting line ups

Namibia: L. Kazapua, M. Ikeinge, C. Hambira, I. Kamberipa, R. Hanamub, T. Karuuombe, A. Petrus, B. Muzeu, R. Kasume, D. Hotto, E. Kalula

Tunisia: B. Ben Said, A. Abdi, M. Talbi, Y. Meriah, H. Mathlouthi, E. Skhiri, N. Ghandri, H. Rafia, E. Saad, H. Jouini, E. Achouri

Match Report: Diallo goal sees off spirited Mauritania

Senegal maintained their unbeaten record in 2026 World Cup qualifying after clinching a narrow 1-0 win over Mauritania at the Stade Cheikha Ould Boidiya in Nouakchott on Sunday, June 9. Read more…

20:12: Full-time – Mauritania 0 Senegal 1 (Habib Diallo 27′)

19:30: Mauritania v Senegal – The Lions of Chinguetti are working hard in an attempt to get back into the contest and Abdallahi Mahmoud misses the target from six yards out after the ball broke for him inside the box.

19:20: Mauritania v Senegal – Ismaïla Sarr has the ball in the back of the net but his goal is ruled out for offside. 

19:17: Mauritania v Senegal – The Lions of Teranga get proceedings underway in the second half.

18:59: Mauritania v Senegal – Four minutes of injury time quickly became eight after Khadim Diaw caught Abdou Diallo with a studs-up challenge that angered the visiting players and bench. The referee eventually blew for half-time with Senegal one goal to the good, having seen plenty of the ball in the first half and playing gorgeous football at times. 

18:57: Half-time: Mauritania 0 Senegal 1 (Habib Diallo 27′)

18:49: Mauritania v Senegal – Koita cuts in from the left and whips in a vicious shot that Mendy has to tip over the bar.

18:31: Mauritania v Senegal – Goal! The visitors open the scoring moments later as Diallo steers a header past Niasse from six yards out after making contact with Pape Matar Sarr’s sublime cross from the left.

18h28: Mauritania v Senegal – A Senegal free-kick is delivered to the back post and Kalidou Koulibaly meets it, but his tame header is easily saved by Niasse.

18:22: Mauritania v Senegal – The Lions of Teranga come close as Habib Diallo forces Babacar Niasse into a save at the near post after flicking a low cross from the left towards goal. 

18h16: Mauritania v Senegal – The hosts apply early pressure in Nouakchott and they come close to breaking the deadlock from a free-kick that strikes the top of the crossbar in the 12th minute.

17:55: Mauritania v Senegal starting line-ups

Mauritania: B. Niasse, K. Diaw, N. El Abd, H. Houeibib, L. Ba, G. Fofana, O. Ngom, A. Mahmoud, A. Koita, I. Thiam, P. Ba.

Senegal: E. Mendy, A. Seck, A. Diallo, K. Koulibaly, H. Diarra, I. Gueye, P. Sarr, M. Camara, H. Diallo, I. Ndiaye, I. Sarr.

Report: DR Congo see off spirited Togo in Kinshasa

The DR Congo national team returned to winning ways in their latest CAF 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier assignment this weekend following a tense 1-0 win against Togo at Stade des Martyrs on Sunday night. Read more…

20:00 – DRC vs Togo: Despite creating numerous chances before the end of the tie, Togo were unable to get the equalizer as the DRC collected maximum points in a 1-0 win on home soil.

19:40 – DRC vs Togo: The score remained 1-0 in favour of DRC toward the 75th minute mark, however, the Leopards played under the cosh for much of the second-half in looking to ward off the Togo attacks.

19:20 – DRC vs Togo: Togo put DRC immense pressure immediately after the restart and often took the direct approach in search of an equalizer. At the other end of the pitch, the Leopards looked to cause damage in counter-attacking situations.

18:52 – Half-time: DRC (Elia 6’) 1-0 Togo While Togo were all over DRC throughout the first-half, the Sparrowhawks were unable to make the most of their attacking advancements and headed into the break being a goal down.

18:34 – DRC vs Togo: Togo continued to see more of the ball midway through the first-half and actively searched for an equalizer. However, DRC proved to be a tough nut to crack, particularly through the middle of the pitch.

18:23 – DRC vs Togo: It has been all Togo since DRC’ took an early lead, with the Sparrowhawks dominating play en-route to the 20th minute mark. Content with surrendering the ball, the Leopards looked to hit their opponents on the break at every opportunity.

18:12 – DRC vs Togo: Goal!

Following a frantic start to proceedings at Stade des Martyrs, DR Congo took the lead in the 6th minute of the encounter. After direct play into the Togo half, Meschak got on the end of a pinpoint cross directed toward the far post, as he expertly guided the ball into the back of the net.

18:02 – DR Congo v Togo: Starting-line ups

DR Congo: Bertaud, Mbemba, Masuaku, Batubinsika, Tuanzebe, Kakuta, Wissa, Moutoussamy, Pickel, Essenda, Elia

Togo: Oura-Gneni, Dakonam, Agbozo, Romao, Aholou, Karim, Bebou, Narey, Denkey, Tchekei, Aziangbe

Report: Ethiopia fight back to hold Djibouti

Djibouti will tussle it out with Ethiopia in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match on Sunday, 9 June. Read more…

19h55: Full-Time: Djibouti 1-1 Ethiopia (Dadzie 29′, Wondimu 32′): The result sees Ethiopia and Djibouti remain fifth and sixth respectively in the Group A standings with seven matches left.

Djibouti will be away to Burkina Faso when the 2026 World Cup qualifiers resume in March 2025 while Ethiopia play host to Egypt.

19:38 – Djibouti 1-1 Ethiopia: The hosts have introduced Awaleh Hoch Gedo and Ahmed Omar as they look to snatch a late winning goal in the remaining 10 minutes plus stoppage time.

19:16 – Djibouti 1-1 Ethiopia: Said Habtamu is the busier of the two keepers with the Walia Ibex shot-stopper having made two saves as the hosts look to restore their lead 15 minutes into the second-half.

19:16 – Djibouti 1-1 Ethiopia: Said Habtamu is the busier of the two keepers with the Walia Ibex shot-stopper having made two saves as the hosts look to restore their lead 15 minutes into the second-half.

18:50 – Half-Time: Djibouti 1-1 Ethiopia: A lively first-half which saw Shoremen of the Red Sea fight back after Walia Ibex had taken the lead.

18:35 – Dijbouti 1-1 Ethiopia: GOAL! Minyelu Wondimu levels matters for the Walia Ibex in the 32nd minute with Mesfin Tafesse providing the assist.

18:30 – Djibouti 1-0 Ethiopia: GOAL! Gabriel Dadzie breaks the deadlock in the 29th minute. It is the Ghana-born striker’s fourth goal for the Ocean Stars.

18h15 – Djibouti 0-0 Ethiopia: There are no goals in the opening 15 minutes, but goalkeeper Said Habtamu has already made a save as kept the hosts at bay.

17:50 – Djibouti vs Ethiopia – Starting Line-ups

Djibouti XI: Luyima S, Abdi Abdillahi M, Aden A, Akinbinu S, Dadzie G, Elabeh D, Farada A. Y, Mohamed I. I, Moussa A, Osman M, Yabe S.

Ethiopia XI: Habtamu S, Bekele B, Belay B, Gezahegn W, Jemal F, Kassaye Y, Markneh C, Panom G, Solomon M, Tafesse M, Wondimu M.

Match Report: Sesay breaks Sao Tome hearts with late Liberia winner

Liberia were made to sweat for a 1-0 victory over Sao Tome and Principe in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match played at the Stade Municipal d’Oujda in Oujda, Morocco.on Sunday. Read more…

16h58 – Sao Tome 0-1 Liberia (Sheikh Sesay 90′): A late win sees Liberia climb up to the third spot in the Group H standings, while Sao Tome remain sixth on the table.

Liberia will host Tunisia in March 2025 when the 2026 World Cup qualifiers resume and Sao Time will be away to Equatorial Guinea.

16h52 – Sao Tome 0-1 Liberia: GOAL! Substitute Sheikh Sesay scores in the 90th minute what could be a late winning goal for the Lone Stars after the hosts’ defence was exposed.

16h45 – Sao Tome 0-0 Liberia: Still no goals in Oujda, Morocco with five minutes left plus stoppage time with both teams having struggled to create chances in the second-half.

16h30 – Sao Tome 0-0 Liberia: Coach Mario Marinica has refreshed the Lone Stars’ attack by introducing William Gibson and Peter Wilson as the visitors push for the opening goal with 20 minutes left.

16h17 – Sao Tome 0-0 Liberia: The two teams are yet to make changes and most of the ball is being played in the middle of the park as they battle for control of the midfield. No clear chances have been created thus far in the second-half.

15h51 – Sao Tome 0-0 Liberia: The score is level at the interval with the Lone Stars having created the better chances, but they couldn’t convert them.

15h40 – Sao Tome 0-0 Liberia: The Falcons and True Parrots Team have grown in confidence as the match progressed. Goalkeeper Abdulai Koulibaly has been forced to make a save to deny Ronaldo Afonso as we approach the half-time break.

15h30 – Sao Tome 0-0 Liberia: It remains goalless as we reach the half-hour mark and Goncalves Mateus has been the busier of the two keepers – denying the lively Terry Sackor twice.

15h15 – Sao Tome 0-0 Liberia: The Lone Stars have so far dominated possession and the hosts’ goalkeeper Matheus Goncalves has made the first save of the match as the visitors look to grab an early lead.

14h55 – Sao Tome vs Liberia: Starting Line-Ups

Sao Tome XI: Goncalves Mateus P. L, Andrade Male S. A, D’Almeida G, Fernandes R, Neves A, Neves J, Ronaldo, Silva D, Vaz dos Ramos A. S, Viegas E, Vilhete M.

Liberia XI: Koulibaly A, Dorley O, Dweh S, Kamara K, Kenneh N, Kumeh L, Sackor T, Sangare M, Sheriff S, Watanga, Tarnue P.

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