The draws conducted in Johannesburg this evening have pitted the first time Africa winners in a battle that should get them to defend the title.
Dignitaries beyond the 30 African teams that were represented in the draw swarmed Johannesburg’s Emperor Place.
It’s a knock-out race and this will mean only two matches will determine the 15 teams that will join hosts South Africa next year.
There were 14 winners from round one of the qualifiers that went into the hat with the 16 finalists from the 2012 Nations Cup.
Seven-time African champions Egypt will be the biggest absentees from the tournament after being eliminated by Central African Republic.
This is the second consecutive edition the Egyptians are missing out after failing to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup which Zambia won in Gabon.
The two-legged final round will be played in September and October while the 29th edition of the Africa Cup kicks off on January 19.
Runners up at the 2012 edition Ivory Coast will face Senegal while Libya and Algeria will match-up in the two biggest matches of the qualifiers.
There will be 15 matches to be played in the series.
Zambia will host Uganda in September and travel to Kampala for the second leg in October.