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World Cup 2026 qualifiers: Ghana survive scare, Ivory Coast hit nine and Onana injured in Cameroon win

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Inaki Williams netted his first international goal to give Ghana a previous win over Madagascar in Kumasi

Inaki Williams scored an injury-time winner to give Ghana a 1-0 victory over Madagascar in their first qualifier for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, as Ivory Coast hit nine goals past Seychelles.

Elsewhere on Friday, Mali, Tunisia, Zambia and Cameroon were among the winners – although Cameroon suffered an injury scare when their Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana went off injured 10 minutes from time.

Africa has a guaranteed nine qualifiers for the 2026 finals in Canada, Mexico and the United States, with all group winners booking a spot at the tournament.

Ghana leave it late

The Black Stars looked like they would be frustrated in Kumasi, with Melvin Adrien inspired in the Malagasy goal, until…

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