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Ghana’s 2026 World Cup Qualifiers Group Is Not Tough – John Paintsil Boldly States



Ex-Black Stars and Fulham defender, John Paintsil has described Ghana’s qualification group for the 2026 FIFA World Cup as tricky but believes it is not a tough one for the West African football giants.

The draw for the oncoming mundial was officially held last Thursday in Cote d’Ivoire’s city of Abidjan, and Ghana would have to win the group, since topping the group happens to be the only means to secure automatic qualification for the next Mundial, scheduled to come on three years from now.

The four time African champions have been put in Group I alongside West African rivals Mali, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Comoros and Chad.

John Paintsil, who made more than 80 appearances for the Black Stars of Ghana and featured in two different World Cups (2006 & 2010), stated emphatically that Mali will be a pain in the neck for Ghana during the qualifications.

However, he still feels it won’t be really tough and he is optimistic the Ghanaian team will sail through with the right preparations towards the qualifiers.

Countries will eventually emerge as winners of each qualification Group will automatically qualify for the FIFA 2026 World Cup.

In addition to this, the four best runners-up from each of the Groups, will play in a CAF Play-off tournament, after which the winner of the CAF Play-Off tournament progresses further to play in the FIFA Play-off Tournament before securing qualification, that is if that African team is able to sail through the two tournaments successfully.

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