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Ghana kicks off 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign at home against Madagascar (see complete schedule)

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Ghana kicks off 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign at home against Madagascar (see complete schedule)

The entire calendar for the qualifications has been released, and Ghana will begin their path to the 2026 FIFA World Cup with a home match against Madagascar in November 2023.

The Black Stars are in Group I with Mali, Comoros, Central African Republic, Chad, and Madagascar. This grouping was decided during the July draw ceremony.

Ghana will welcome Madagascar, widely known as the Barea, between November 13 and 21, to begin their quest for a ticket in the global football spectacular in 2026. Following that, the squad will travel to Comoros for their second qualifying encounter, also in November. The next eight matches are set to take place in 2024 and 2025.

The Black Stars will try to clinch their position in the World Cup for a sixth time after competing in 2006, 2010, 2014, and the most recent edition in Qatar last year. Ghana is the only side from Group I to have reached the World Cup finals, since Mali, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Comoros, and Chad have yet to do so.

Within each of the nine groups, the qualification procedure consists of a home-and-away round-robin style. The winners of these groups will be guaranteed a place in the FIFA World Cup 2026. Furthermore, the four best group runners-up will advance to a play-off stage to select the Confederation of African Football (CAF) representation in the FIFA play-off competition.

The FIFA play-off event will include one team from each of FIFA’s six confederations, with the exception of UEFA, as well as one additional team from the host confederation (Concacaf). Two of these teams will be seeded according to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The seeded teams will battle for a place in the FIFA World Cup against the winners of the first two knockout matches among the four unseeded nations.

Below is the complete fixture list for Ghana in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers:

November 13 – 21, 2023: Ghana vs Madagascar || Comoros vs Ghana

June 03 – 11, 2024: Mali vs Ghana || Ghana vs Central African Republic

March 17 – 25, 2025: Ghana vs Chad || Madagascar vs Ghana

September 01 – 09, 2025: Chad vs Ghana || Ghana vs Mali

October 06 – 14, 2025: Central African Republic vs Ghana || Ghana vs Comoros

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Man City win historic fourth English title in a row, with Foden scoring twice

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City escaped a late scare after VAR ruled West Ham's second goal out for handball. Nonetheless, their success was never in doubt. The victory brought the club's league record to 19 victories and four draws since their previous setback at Aston Villa on December 6. City has now won six of the last seven Premier League championships. Last season, they joined Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United in winning the Premier League for the third consecutive year. Guardiola's club has now accomplished what no other men's team has since the formation of the English league in 1888, 136 years ago.

Imperious Manchester City defeated West Ham 3-1 at Etihad Stadium, becoming the first team to win the English league title four years in a row.

With City needing a victory to ensure they could hold off Arsenal, who started the final day two points behind but with a higher goal differential, Phil Foden put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead after only two minutes.

The England star scored another before halftime, and while Mohammed Kudus drew one back, midfielder Rodri restored the home side’s two-goal lead with a strike from the edge of the box after 59 minutes.

City escaped a late scare after VAR ruled West Ham’s second goal out for handball.

Nonetheless, their success was never in doubt.

The victory brought the club’s league record to 19 victories and four draws since their previous setback at Aston Villa on December 6.

City has now won six of the last seven Premier League championships. Last season, they joined Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United in winning the Premier League for the third consecutive year.

Guardiola’s club has now accomplished what no other men’s team has since the formation of the English league in 1888, 136 years ago.

They will meet Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 25th, looking to become the first team to clinch the domestic double in consecutive seasons.

It has been 15 months since City was slammed with 115 Premier League accusations for suspected financial irregularities, which they strenuously dispute. Earlier this season, Everton and Nottingham Forest were both penalised and deducted points for violating profit and sustainability regulations. However, there has been no news on when City’s case would be heard.

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Usyk Stuns Fury to Become Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

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The rematch, tentatively scheduled for October, promises to be another epic encounter between two of the world's top heavyweights. For now, however, Usyk can bask in the glory of his hard-fought win and celebrate his newfound status as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world

In a thrilling showdown at the Kingdom Arena — Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oleksandr Usyk pulled off a stunning upset against Tyson Fury, winning by split decision to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

The Ukrainian boxer, who remained unbeaten with a record of 22-0, inflicted the first defeat of Fury’s professional career, handing the British fighter his first loss in 34 fights. The judges’ scorecards read 115-112, 113-114, and 114-113 in favour of Usyk, who has been crowned the new champion in front of a packed crowd.

The fight was a closely contested affair, with both fighters giving it their all in a gruelling 12-round battle. Usyk’s superior footwork and hand speed allowed him to outmanoeuvre Fury, landing several crucial shots throughout the fight. The turning point came in the ninth round when Usyk sent Fury crashing to the canvas with a devastating left hook.

Fury, known for his incredible resilience, managed to get back to his feet and continue fighting, but Usyk’s momentum had already shifted the tide of the fight in his favour. Despite Fury’s valiant efforts in the final rounds, Usyk’s early lead proved insurmountable, and he was declared the winner by split decision.

“This is the greatest moment of my life,” an emotional Usyk said in the post-fight interview. “I want to thank my team, my family, and my country for their unwavering support. I proved tonight that I am the best heavyweight in the world, and I will do everything to remain champion for a long time.”

Fury, disappointed in defeat, disputed Usyk’s performance, saying, “I believe I won that fight. He won a few rounds but I won the majority. We both put on a good fight. We’ll be back, we’ve got a rematch clause. I believe I won that fight but I’m not going to sit here, cry and make excuses.”

Usyk’s victory marks a historic moment in boxing, as he becomes the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. The win also sets up a potential rematch with Fury, which is already generating significant buzz in the boxing community.

The rematch, tentatively scheduled for October, promises to be another epic encounter between two of the world’s top heavyweights. For now, however, Usyk can bask in the glory of his hard-fought win and celebrate his newfound status as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

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Roberto De Zerbi will leave Brighton after Manchester United game

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Brighton finished sixth last season, their highest-ever top-flight position, achieving European qualifying for the first time in club history. "Roberto has given us two excellent seasons of service in which he has led the club to new heights, not least our first-ever European campaign which will live long in the memory of Albion fans," Bloom stated. "We have mutually agreed to end Roberto's contract at a time that suits both parties allowing us the earliest opportunity to plan for next season, and Roberto plenty of time to consider his next move and his future." BBC Sport believes that one manager on Brighton's list to replace De Zerbi is likely to be Kieran McKenna, who just gained promotion to the Premier League with

Brighton’s head coach, Roberto de Zerbi, will quit following the club’s last Premier League match of the season against Manchester United at home on Sunday.

Chairman Tony Bloom stated that the Premier League team and De Zerbi “have mutually agreed” on the Italian’s departure.

De Zerbi, 44, signed a four-year deal with the Seagulls in September 2022 after previously coaching Shakhtar Donetsk.

Brighton finished sixth last season, their highest-ever top-flight position, achieving European qualifying for the first time in club history.

“Roberto has given us two excellent seasons of service in which he has led the club to new heights, not least our first-ever European campaign which will live long in the memory of Albion fans,” Bloom stated.

“We have mutually agreed to end Roberto’s contract at a time that suits both parties allowing us the earliest opportunity to plan for next season, and Roberto plenty of time to consider his next move and his future.”

BBC Sport believes that one manager on Brighton’s list to replace De Zerbi is likely to be Kieran McKenna, who just gained promotion to the Premier League with Ipswich.

Brighton topped their group in the Europa League this season, defeating Ajax, Marseille, and AEK Athens before being eliminated in the final 16 by Roma.

They are currently tenth in the Premier League heading into their last game on Sunday and cannot finish much higher.

“I am sure our fans will give Roberto and his staff a wonderful and fully deserved send-off at the Amex before, during and after tomorrow’s match,” Bloom stated.

“In the meanwhile, I’d want to thank Roberto and his colleagues for all of their hard work over the last two seasons. They have all left our club on good terms, with our best wishes for the future.”

De Zerbi, who took over after Graham Potter departed for Chelsea, stated: “We have agreed to conclude my tenure at Brighton so that the club and I may continue to operate in the way that works best for each of us, following our own ideas and ambitions, as well as our professional and personal values.

“Leaving now allows me to take a break before deciding on my future intentions.

“I am very sad to be leaving Brighton, but I am very proud of what my players and staff have achieved with the support of everyone at the club and our amazing fans in the past two historical seasons.”

Seven De Zerbi’s coaching staff members will also go, although first-team coach Andrew Crofts and custodian Stern will remain at the club.

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