Today’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers; Africa Zone

Togo and Senegal go head to head in Group B

Togo and Senegal return to action in Group B of the 2026 World Cup when they go head to head at the Stade de Kegue on Tuesday evening.

The two nations head into the game off the back of contrasting opening-day results, with the Lions of Teranga cruising to an emphatic victory over South Sudan in Diamniadio.

The Sparrowhawks of Togo failed to make it four wins on the bounce across all competitions as they could only salvage a 1-1 draw against Sudan in their Group B opener last Thursday.

Senegal, on the other hand, could not have hoped for a better start to their quest for a place in the 2026 World Cup as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over South Sudan on Saturday.

Senegal have now gone nine straight competitive games without defeat, claiming one draw and seven wins, including a penalty-shootout victory over two-time African champions Algeria to claim a first-ever AFCON title in February.

While Tuesday’s hosts are seeking a first World Cup appearance since 2006, Aliou Cisse‘s men, who are currently 20th in the latest FIFA World Rankings and second in Africa, are aiming to reach a third consecutive World Cup, having featured in 2018 and 2022.

While Togo would put up a fight, the Lions of Teranga boast a significantly superior and more experienced squad and we are backing them to claim all three points.



Ethiopia and Burkina Faso lock horns in Group A

Ethiopia and Burkina Faso renew acquaintances for the first time since January 2022 when they lock horns in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Having failed to win any of their last three meetings, Gebremedhin Haile‘s men will journey to the Ben M’Hamed El Abdi Stadium looking to get one over the Stallions and end their schedule for 2023 on a high.

Ethiopia players

Ethiopia kicked off their quest for a first-ever World Cup appearance last Wednesday when they played out a goalless draw against Sierra Leone. Ethiopia, who are currently 143rd in the latest FIFA World Rankings, head into Tuesday’s game without a win in their last eight competitive matches.

Burkina Faso, on the other hand, failed to kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a win as they could only salvage a 1-1 draw against Guinea-Bissau last Friday.

However, Burkina Faso will be backing themselves to find their feet on Tuesday as they take on an opposing side against whom they are unbeaten in their last three encounters.

Ethiopia will fancy their chances against a Burkina Faso side who have managed just one competitive win in 2023. However, the Stallions boast the firepower needed to get this one over the like and are tipped to come out on top in this one.



Rwanda, South Africa battle for top honours

Rwanda and South Africa will do battle for three crucial points in their CAF 2026 World Cup qualifying encounter at Stade Huye on Tuesday.

Rwanda had to make do with a share of the spoils in their opening qualifier last time out, while South Africa managed to come away with maximum points.

South Africa just about did enough to see off the threat of Benin Republic at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

South Africa players

That ended a run of two straight stalemates for the Bafana Bafana who are unbeaten in all but one of their last 17 outings across all competitions.

Lying in store next is the challenge of an opposing outfit currently 76 places below in the latest FIFA rankings of all national teams.

Off the back of consecutive victories in their last two competitive matches on the road, Tuesday’s hosts will be confident of getting the job done on enemy territory once again.

Having failed to win a home game in over 18 months, Rwanda will be keen to get back to winning ways in front of their fans and kickstart their World Cup qualifying journey.

South Africa have been defensively solid of late, and that has set the tone for a six-game unbeaten run. We are backing them to emerge victorious against Rwanda in what should be an open and end-to-end affair.


Lesotho and Benin look to close out on a positive note

The race for a place in the 2023 World Cup continues in Group C as Lesotho and Benin go head to head at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday.

This will be just the third meeting between the two sides, with the Cheetahs claiming one win and one draw when they squared off in Group L of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers back in November 2020.

Lesotho turned in an impressive team display as they held their own to see out a 1-1 draw against a star-studded Nigeria side in the Group C curtain-raiser last Thursday.

Benin, on the other hand, were denied a dream start to the World Cup qualifiers as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of South Africa when the sides squared off on Saturday.

Benin have now failed to win their last 13 matches across all competitions, losing eight and claiming five draws since a 4-0 friendly victory over Liberia in March 2022.

Lesotho and Benin have endured a rough year and will be looking to close out their schedule for 2023 on a positive note. Rohr’s men are unbeaten in their last two games against the Crocodiles and we see them claiming all three points on Tuesday.



HD+ Supports Sporty TV To Deliver Euro 2024 

By Bernice Bessey

SES HD PLUS Ghana, the country’s premium high-definition (HD) satellite broadcast service provider, in line with its commitment to making an additional range of channels in HD quality accessible to more satellite TV homes in Ghana, has partnered with Sporty Group, to deliver the free-to-air broadcast of Europe’s biggest football tournament in quality HD pictures via the HD+ Service exclusively to homes in Ghana.

Michael Essien

Viewers of Sporty TV can enjoy the Euro 2024 draw. slated for December 2, 2023 the Opening Ceremony, the inaugural game, five group matches, two “round of sixteen” matches, two quarterfinals, one semi-final and the final match in crystal clear HD pictures only on HD+ channel 152. Additionally, HD+ subscribers will enjoy exceptional coverage of the tournament from an on-ground reporting team that will be based in Germany.

Ghanaian football legend, Michael Essien, will lend his expertise to pundit sessions. Viewers will also enjoy the daily studio shows and gain insights from game analysis.

Adelaide Abbiw-Williams, CEO of SES HD PLUS Ghana, said “This partnership with Sporty Group signifies SES HD PLUS’s continuous investment in technology to deliver exceptional TV viewing experience across homes in Ghana. We understand the passion and love that Ghanaians have for football, and we take this responsibility seriously.”

Elias Gallego, VP of Media, Marketing and Business Development at Sporty Group, said

“SportyTV is excited to share the passion, emotion and triumphs of Euro 2024 with fans across Ghana and beyond.”HD+ offers compelling features such as the PVR function on the HD+ Decoder; the ability to watch TV on the go with free data every month; control to catch up on shows aired in the last 48 hours on the My HD PLUS mobile app, as well as the introduction of a multi-feed function to allow active HD+ Customers to choose between two live video feeds on a single HD+ channel.

HD+ Decoders can be purchased at all authorised HD+ Dealer or Electroland outlets across the country and activated on any mobile network by dialling *879# to unlock the HD viewing experience for two months free of charge.

Existing HD+ customers can continue to enjoy the HD+ FeeliFeeli Experience by purchasing a package via the HD+ USSD code.

Customers who opt for quarterly and yearly payments will be able to enjoy further discounts from the standard monthly package, using the same USSD short code.



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