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Road to 2026 World Cup: Nigeria to host Lesotho in Uyo on matchday one

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will host Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo on matchday one of 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Road to the 2026 FIFA World Cup begins for African countries on November 13, 2023 and Nigeria’s journey begins with a home game vs Lesotho.

South Africa, Benin Republic, Zimbabwe and Rwanda are Nigeria’s other group opponents as they attempt to earn automatic qualification for what will be the biggest FIFA World Cup yet.

Nigeria will end the ten-matchdays long World Cup qualification journey with a home game vs neighbors Benin Republic in October 2025.


Match Day 1

13 November 2023

Nigeria vs Lesotho

South Africa vs Benin Republic

Rwanda vs Zimbabwe

Match Day 2

20 November 2023

Lesotho vs Benin

Zimbabwe vs Nigeria

Rwanda vs South Africa

Match Day 3

2 June 2024

Zimbabwe vs Lesotho

Benin vs Rwanda

Nigeria vs South Africa

Match Day 4

9 June 2024

South Africa vs Zimbabwe

Benin vs Nigeria

Lesotho vs Rwanda

Match Day 5

17 March 2025

South Africa vs Lesotho

Zimbabwe vs Benin

Rwanda vs Nigeria

Match Day 6

24 March 2025

Benin vs South Africa

Nigeria vs Zimbabwe

Rwanda vs Lesotho

Match Day 7

31 August 2025

Benin vs Zimbabwe

Lesotho vs South Africa

Nigeria vs Rwanda

Match Day 8

7 September 2025

South Africa vs Nigeria

Benin vs Lesotho

Zimbabwe vs Rwanda

Match Day 9

5 October 2025

Lesotho vs Nigeria

Zimbabwe vs South Africa

Rwanda vs Benin

Match Day 10

12 October 2025

South Africa vs Rwanda

Lesotho vs Zimbabwe

Nigeria vs Benin

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