2026 W/Cup Qualifier: South Africa Lines Up Friendlies Ahead Of Super Eagles Duel

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Super Eagles World Cup qualifier group opponents, Bafana Bafana of South Africa will play four different four friendly matches ahead of 2026 World Cup Qualifiers against Nigeria.

South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has concluded the plans to engage Namibia on 9th September, DR Congo on 12th September and Eswatini on 13th October.

The Hugo Broos’ men will travel to Ivory Coast, hosts of the 2024 African Nations Cup showpiece that starts in January, for their fourth friendly on 17 October

SAFA CEO Lydia Monyepao announced this on Friday that Bafana will commence their World Cup preparation with four warm up games.

“These matches are in support of Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos as he continues his preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations in the beginning of next year, and the start of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November this year,” Monyepao said in a statement.

The South African senior national team has been drawn in Group C for the World Cup qualifiers, which begin in November this year and conclude in 2025, alongside Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Benin, Rwanda and Lesotho.

Bafana were last crowned African champions in 1996 under late coach Clive Barker and were runners-up in 1998 with coach Jomo Sono.

As far as the World Cup is concerned, with the exception of qualifying as hosts in 2010, Bafana last competed in a World Cup in 2002. They narrowly missed out on qualification for the global showpiece in Qatar in 2022.

The 2026 World Cup will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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