The draw for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers will be staged on Thursday in Libreville, the capital city of Gabon.
The qualifiers will begin from March 20 across the continent.
The 2019 AFCON will be hosted by Cameroon, who first staged the tournament in 1972. Last year, they hosted the women’s version of the African tournament.
Chad, who pulled out of the qualifiers for the 2017 AFCON, are banned from this edition of the competition as a result.
Former champions like Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia failed to qualify for this year’s competition, which kicks off on Saturday, also in Libreville.
It will be the second time oil-rich Gabon are hosting the tournament after they first did so in 2012 as joint hosts with Equatorial Guinea.