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FIFA confirms nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

FIFA confirms nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

Africa could have as many as 10 teams competing at the 2026 World Cup after the allocation for places at the expanded 48-nation competition was ratified by the FIFA Council during their meeting in Bahrain.

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua: Fighting for Britain but fueled by Nigeria (by Chibundu Onuzo)

The champion’s origins are spelt out in his tattoo and his liking for pounded yam and egusi. But while he’s on the rise, the British press probably won’t report it.

Gabon's national team at the AFCON. Credit: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba/Quartz

Africa is the biggest beneficiary of FIFA's new 48-team World Cup format (Infographic)

When FIFA voted in January to change the format of soccer’s World Cup starting from 2026, it was unclear how the increase in participating nations, from 32 to 48, would affect slot allocations to the six geographic confederations.

AFCON 2017 - Cameroon beats Egypt to lift African title

2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017): Cameroon beats Egypt to win 5th title

Cameroon produced a stunning comeback to beat Egypt in the final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, on Sunday.

Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa is the owner of Kwesé TV

Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa's Kwesé TV has signed deal to broadcast ESPN sports content in 19 African countries

Kwesé TV, a sports website owned by Econet Media, has partnered with American cable TV channel ESPN in a deal which will see Kwesé exclusively air hours of licensed content from ESPN including its iconic SportsCenter show across 19 countries in Africa.

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote plans to buy Arsenal in four years.

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote plans to buy Arsenal in four years (Video)

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, plans to buy London-based Arsenal soccer team within four years.

Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure reportedly earns in excess of $300,000 per week at Manchester City.

These are Africa's highest-paid footballers (Video)

The football season in Europe has started with a bang. Premier League clubs spent over a billion dollars in the summer transfer window, with 13 clubs breaking their spending records.

World Scrabble champion Wellington Jighere, 33, (right) is one of Nigeria's many masters. His strategy: "When you are expecting me to do the traditional thing, I will just choose to do something that is uncharacteristic."

Fact of the Day: Nigeria is the number one scrabble nation in the world (Audio)

Nigeria is the English-speaking world’s Scrabble superpower. Africa’s most populous nation is home not only to the global Scrabble champion, but team Nigeria ranks as the world’s top Scrabble playing nation — ahead of the U.S. in second place.

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa (Left), who set a world record in the men’s 400m, with Kirani James of Grenada. Credit: Doug Mills/nytimes.com

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa zips to world record in 400m

Bursting out of the blocks in Lane 8, Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa did not see another runner during the entire Olympic 400-meter final.

Stephen Keshi is one of two people to win the Cup of Nations as a player and manager, and the only black African ever to coach at a World Cup. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen Keshi: Brawler, talker and most successful black African coach of all time

The former Nigeria and Togo manager, who died on Tuesday evening aged just 54, was, at the international level, the finest African coach of his generation.

Fatma Samoura, newly-appointed FIFA Secretary General

Fact of the Day: FIFA's new Secretary General is the first African and first woman to hold the job

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, appointed Senegal’s Fatma Samoura as its new secretary general.

Kenya beat Fiji to win first ever World Rugby Sevens Series title

Kenya beat Fiji to win first ever World Rugby Sevens Series title

Kenya dispatched Fiji 30-7 in the final of the Singapore Sevens to secure their first ever tournament win in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho played together at Barcelona (Reuters/Albert Gea)

The world's best soccer club is looking to Africa for its next superstars

FC Barcelona, the current champion of European and world soccer, is seen as the gold standard in the game.

Elite, stylish and extravagant, the social scene at the annual Lagos polo tournament is as much of a show as the game on the pitch (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Fascinators and fizz in elite Lagos Polo Club

Elite, stylish and extravagant, the social scene at the annual Lagos polo tournament is as much of a show as the game on the pitch.

Wellington Jighere beat 129 competitors to become first Nigerian to win World Scrabble Championship.

Wellington Jighere beats 129 competitors to become first Nigerian to win World Scrabble Championship

Nigerians have been congratulating countryman Wellington Jighere, who has become the first African to win the English-language World Scrabble Championship.

Issa Hayatou (L) and Sepp Blatter back in May 2015. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)

The future of global football is now in Africa's hands

When FIFA’s corruption scandals first erupted in May, there were calls by some in Europe to end the organization as we know it.

Should South Africa's national rugby team reflect the colors of the country or its players?

Green and blacks: Should South Africa's national rugby team reflect the colors of the country or its players?

When Nelson Mandela strode onto a field in 1995—a year after the birth of South Africa’s democracy—images of him wearing the green and gold of the national rugby team became a stirring symbol of his commitment to racial unity.

The complete South African Rugby World Cup 2015 squad. Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa addicted to drama over the race of their rugby squad: Kaya Malotana

“Kaya! You can’t score in your own goal. As a keeper you are supposed to pick the ball up!” The voice belonged to my uncle, shouting during a game of street soccer in Zwartwater, Lady Frere, Transkei.

Primary school pupils from Durban react after Durban was officially named as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, on September 2, 2015 in Durban (AFP Photo/Rajesh Jantilal)

South Africa vows Durban Commonwealth Games will "heal wounds"

South Africa on Wednesday promised to deliver a world-class event when the city of Durban hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games, saying the occasion would help the country overcome its turbulent past.

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa

Durban to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban in South Africa will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, becoming the first African city to be awarded the four-yearly multi-sports event.

Kenya’s David Rudisha is the current Olympic champion and world record holder in the 800 meters race. Credit: qz.com

Here's why Kenya keeps dominating the world of athletics

Kenya is on top of the world. As the world athletics championships wrapped up in Beijing on Sunday (August 30th), Kenyan athletes managed to top the overall winners table.

Nelson Mandela (L) and members of South Africa's rugby team, after the team won the 1995 Rugby World Cup

South Africa's national rugby team is a metaphor for a nation's slow progress on racial equality

Under Apartheid, white minority rule segregated all aspects of life in South Africa. There were separate education system for blacks and whites, separate public amenities, and even separate sporting codes.

Asbel Kiprop (center) just beat his compatriot Elija Manangoi to take gold in the 1,500m event

Kenya tops medal table at World Athletics Championships

Kenya has come top of the overall medal table at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing for the first time, with seven gold medals.

Sunday Oliseh, Coach of Nigeria's national football team, the Super Eagles

Sunday Oliseh: New Nigeria football boss eager to prove his ability

New Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh is determined to show he has the managerial ability to disprove the critics who say he lacks the experience needed for the job.

Aliko Dangote, Dangote Group's Chairman and Africa's richest man

Buying Arsenal will put Nigeria on the map, says Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote

Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote says that he is interested in purchasing Premier League club Arsenal in order to boost the profile of his homeland.

Sunday Oliseh, Coach of Nigeria's national football team, the Super Eagles

Nigeria appoints former Super Eagles midfielder and captain Sunday Oliseh as new coach

Nigeria have appointed former Super Eagles midfielder and captain Sunday Oliseh as their new coach.

Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandel presenting the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy to Francois Pienaar, former captain of the Springboks, South Africa's national rugby team

South Africa will bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup

South Africa was joined by Italy, France, United States and Ireland at the briefing, with their delegation including sports minister Fikile Mbalula and Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote. The Nigerian billionaire has expressed interest in buying the Arsenal Football Club.

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal

Africa’s richest businessman says he is planning a bid to buy Arsenal. Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote believes the building of an oil refinery in his homeland will give him the finance to secure a takeover.

FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the 2010 FIFA World Cup (Reuters/David Gray)

Dear Europe: No, you can't have 'your' football back, signed Africa

Like most right-thinking people, I don’t condone corruption and abhor anyone responsible for ruining the integrity of the game that we love. But a troubling narrative has emerged out of the FIFA corruption scandal.

Nigeria star Asisat Oshoala awarded BBC’s 2015 Women's Footballer of the Year.

Nigeria star Asisat Oshoala awarded BBC's 2015 Women's Footballer of the Year

Nigeria and Liverpool Ladies striker Asisat Oshoala has won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award after a vote by fans around the world, the broadcaster announced on Tuesday.

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, could become the first African owner of an English Premier League football team.

Aliko Dangote: Five things about the Nigerian who wants to buy Arsenal

Five years after Nigerian businessman and Arsenal fan Aliko Dangote’s offer to buy the North London club was rejected, he has been linked to them again.

Aliko Dangote is Africa's richest man and has repeatedly expressed interest in buying Arsenal.

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote still plans to buy Arsenal

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has told Bloomberg he still plans to buy Arsenal for the “right price” in the future. Dangote was linked with making an approach to buy a stake in Arsenal in 2010, before he said he decided against the investment.

Tuedon Morgan: The first Nigerian to reach the North Pole

Marathon runner Tuedon Morgan becomes the first Nigerian to reach the North Pole

The first Nigerian to do the North Pole Marathon tells the BBC how proud she felt to plant her country’s flag in the snow at the end of the race.

A CAF executive meeting, attended by Sepp Blatter and Issa Hayatou, voted for Gabon to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Gabon to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

Gabon beat Algeria and Ghana for right to host tournament. Gabon replaces Libya. Libya withdrew as hosts due to civil conflict.

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

Confederation of African Football (CAF) pledges voting block for Sepp Blatter's return as FIFA President

The president of soccer’s world governing body, Sepp Blatter, now knows that he can count on a quarter of all available votes when he stands for a fifth consecutive term at the helm of FIFA this spring.

Man City's Yaya Toure considering Ivory Coast retirement

Man City's Yaya Toure considering Ivory Coast retirement

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure says he will decide about his international future with the Ivory Coast this week.

Eko Atlantic Beach Polo Tournament

Beach polo in Lagos: Eko Atlantic wants to become the 'Dubai of Africa'

Porsches and Jaguars are parked in the sand while businessmen and their partners, in high heels and hats, sit in the sheltered grandstands, glass of champagne in hand.

Cobus Visagie looks to pass the ball during Springbok training in Cape Town in 2001. Source: Touchline Photo/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Big-tackling ex-Springbok rugby player Cobus Visagie starts Africa fund

Cobus Visagie recalls making 18 tackles the day South Africa’s national rugby team kicked its way into the World Cup record books to defeat England.

Jerome Valcke, Secretary General, FIFA

2023 Africa Cup of Nations dates to change

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move from January to June because of plans to switch the 2022 World Cup dates, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during their Premier League match against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on January 1, 2015 (AFP Photo/Lindsey Parnaby)

Manchester City sure missed Yaya Toure while he was at the Africa Cup of Nations

For half a decade, Yaya Toure has been the best central midfielder in the Premier League. However, even through two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup, the Ivorian’s value truly did not register until he took off for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in January.

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara and Ivory Coast captain Yaya Toure parade the Africa Cup of Nations trophy on Monday

Yaya Toure and Ivory Coast team return home to hero's welcome after African Cup of Nations triumph (Photos)

Hundreds of thousands of supporters at the airport and on the streets of Ivory Coast‘s commercial capital Abidjan welcomed home the national football team on Monday after its victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Yaya Touré, Midfielder for English club Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team

Man City's hopes of having Yaya Touré back could depend on drawing of lots at 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

Manchester City’s hopes of having Yaya Touré back for Saturday evening’s title showdown with Chelsea could depend on the lottery of a drawing of lots should Ivory Coast finish level on points in their Africa Cup of Nations group on Wednesday.