Statement on FIFA World Cup 2026™ preliminary competition


FIFA and CAF can confirm that the Eritrean National Football Federation has withdrawn from the FIFA World Cup 2026™ preliminary competition.

Following Eritrea’s withdrawal, group E of the CAF qualifiers will be contested by the five remaining teams: Morocco, Zambia, Congo, Tanzania and Niger. All of Eritrea’s matches have been cancelled, while the rest of the match schedule for Group E remains unchanged.


CAF | Communication Department