ROADS TO AFCON 2021 AND WORLD CUP 2022 EMERGE TODAY

The path that teams will take to get to the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the World Cup in Qatar 2022 will be drawn on Thursday.

Both preliminary competitions may be combined like the editions for 2006 and 2010.

The preliminary competition in Africa will begin in September with the lesser-rated teams contesting.

Almost every CAF member country entered for the competitions except Eritrea and Somalia. The seeding for the draw had been made earlier in the month.

At the end of the preliminary competitions, 24 teams will be at the Africa Cup of Nations while five will go the World Cup.

The draw for the preliminary competitions will begin with the eight teams in Pot 5 will be drawn into four pairings and the winners of the two-leg ties advance to the second stage to join Pot 4 in other to see each pot having 12 teams.

In the second stage of the draw, there will be 12 groups comprised of one team from pots 1-4 and the section winners and runners-up qualify for the finals.

Hosts Cameroon are guaranteed a place so only one other team qualify from their group

The seeding runs thus:

Pot 1: Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Cameroon (hosts), Egypt, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria

Pot 2: Guinea, South Africa, Cape Verde, Uganda, Zambia, Benin, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Mauritania, Niger, Kenya, Libya

Pot 3: Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Malawi, Togo, Sudan, Tanzania

Pot 4: Burundi, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Botswana, Comoros, Ethiopia and four preliminary-round winners

Pot 5: Liberia, Mauritius, Gambia, South Sudan, Chad, Sao Tome e Principe, Seychelles, Djibouti

Did not enter: Eritrea, Somalia