Black Stars: 2026 World Cup destiny in control after Madagascar’s win

Ghana’s Black Stars have taken control of their destiny in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers following a significant boost from Madagascar’s 2-1 victory over Comoros in Group I.

Ghana’s recent victory against Mali has positioned them favourably in the standings, and they now need to aim for wins in their remaining matches to secure a place in the 2026 World Cup, set to be held in the USA, Mexico, and Canada.

In the latest round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Madagascar emerged victorious over Comoros in a tightly contested match, opening up Group I with all teams having a fair chance after three rounds of matches.

The Barea secured a 2-1 win against their fellow islanders at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, moving to the top of the standings. The match got off to a quick start for Madagascar, with Auxerre midfielder Rayan Raveloson scoring in the first minute thanks to a pass from Loic Lappoussin.

Despite Comoros’ strong efforts to level the score, it was Madagascar who found the back of the net again in the 66th minute, with Raveloson scoring his second of the match to double their lead. Comoros managed to pull one back in stoppage time when substitute El Fardou Mohamed Ben scored off a Youssouf M’Changama assist, but it was not enough to prevent defeat.

Black Stars handed advantage

With this result, Group I is now wide open. Ghana, Madagascar, and Comoros are all tied on six points after three matches, while Mali and the Central African Republic both have four points, and Chad remains at the bottom with no points.

Black Stars will look to capitalise on this opportunity as they host the Central African Republic on Monday night. A strong performance in this match could significantly boost their chances of securing a spot in the 2026 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Madagascar will have the home advantage in their next match against Mali on Tuesday, and Comoros will face off against Chad.

The Black Stars’ focus and preparation will be crucial as they seek to secure their fifth World Cup appearance. With their destiny in their hands, the team is poised to make the most of this pivotal moment in their qualification campaign.

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