Zimbabwe to kick start FIFA 2026 World Cup journey away to Rwanda

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Zimbabwe are set to begin their quest to qualify for the FIFA 2026 World Cup with a match away to Rwanda between 13-21 November 2023.

By Bhora Afrika

A few days after the Rwanda clash, the Warriors will then host African giants and Group C favourites, Nigeria in their second World Cup qualifier.

With the National Sports Stadium unfit to host international matches after being banned by CAF, the venue for the potential thriller still remains unknown.

The deteriorating stadium has on several occasions, failed to meet the CAF requirements, resulting to its eventual ban.

After the Nigeria match, between 3-11 June 2024, the Warriors are scheduled to play Lesotho at home and travel to neighboring South Africa for the Limpopo derby against Bafana Bafana.

The first round of the qualifiers will end with a match versus Benin at home between 17-25 March 2025.

For the second round, Zimbabwe is set to travel to Nigeria on the same dates (17-25 March 2025).

The Warriors will then square off with Rwanda and South Africa between 1-9 September 2025.

They will then conclude the group stages with a trip to Lesotho between 6-14 October 2025.

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers
Group C
Nigeria
South Africa
Benin
Zimbabwe
Rwanda
Lesotho

Fixtures
MD1 Rwanda vs Zimbabwe (13-21 November 2023)

MD2 Zimbabwe vs Nigeria (13-21 November 2023)

MD3 Zimbabwe vs Lesotho (3-11 June 2024)

MD4 South Africa vs Zimbabwe (3-11 June 2024)

MD5 Zimbabwe vs Benin (17-25 March 2025)

MD6 Nigeria vs Zimbabwe (17-25 March 2025)

MD7 Benin vs Zimbabwe (1-9 September 2025)

MD8 Zimbabwe vs Rwanda (1-9 September 2025)

MD9 Zimbabwe vs South Africa (6-14 October 2025)

MD10 Lesotho vs Zimbabwe (6-14 October 2025)

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