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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

Qualified nations: Brazil, Iran

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of...

Ghana slip four places in latest FIFA Rankings

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Ghana celebrate

Ghana have slipped a massive four places in the latest FIFA rankings, while there were positive gains for the likes of Nigeria and FIFA Confederations Cup-bound Cameroon.

The Black Stars are down to 49th spot, ninth in CAF, while West African neighbours Senegal, Cameroon and Nigeria all moved in the opposite direction. Senegal are up three places to 27th (second in Africa), followed by Cameroon (32nd) and the Super Eagles (38th). 

Another West African nation, Burkina Faso, slipped six places...

Ghana bosses plot Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah return

The Ghana Football Association are hoping they can lure Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah back to the Black Stars after his three-year absence from the team.

GFA vice-president George Afriyie says the body will use the upcoming holidays to impress upon the player the need to return, and follow that up with a trip to Italy later.

Asamoah has not played for Ghana since the 2014 World Cup defeat to Portugal. He has battled with injuries since then but has returned for Juventus, where he has been used...

SAFA would reject Bafana Bafana vs Senegal replay

South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan says the governing body will not entertain any potential replay between Bafana Bafana and Senegal.

The World Cup qualifier back in November has come under scutiny after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for life for "match manipulation". South Africa won the game in Polokwane 2-1, benefitting from a controversial penalty decision that Thulani Hlatshwayo put away.

In the light of Lamptey's ban, Senegal had asked FIFA to replay...

 By Nick Said

FIFA confirm 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.

Africa is guaranteed nine places, up from the current five, while a 10th nation will enter a six-team play-off tournament to decide the final two qualifiers, raising the potential of an extra place for the continent.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had been lobbying for at least 10...