Sierra Leone has been placed in pot three ahead of the qualifying draws for the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon 2021.

The qualifiers are scheduled to begin in October with the draw to be held in Cairo on July 18, Football Sierra Leone understands.

Leone Stars are alongside Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Namibia, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Malawi, Togo, Sudan, and Tanzania which implies they can’t face any of those teams in the qualifiers.

Hosts nation, Cameroon are in Pot 1 with Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast, and Algeria.

Meanwhile, the eight-pot 5 teams will be drawn into four pairings preliminary round the winners of the two-leg ties advance will advance to stage 2 as part of pot 4.

In stage 2, there will be 12 groups comprised of one team from pots 1-4 and the section winners and runners-up qualify for the finals in Cameroon with the tournament host already guaranteed a place with only a team to qualify from their group.

  • 2021 Qualifying seeding:

Pot 1: Senegal‚ Tunisia‚ Nigeria‚ Morocco‚ DR Congo‚ Ghana‚ Cameroon‚ Egypt‚ Burkina Faso‚ Mali‚ Ivory Coast‚ Algeria

Pot 2: Guinea‚ South Africa‚ the Cape Verde Islands‚ Uganda‚ Zambia‚ Benin‚ Gabon‚ Congo‚ Mauritania‚ Niger‚ Kenya‚ Libya

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

Pot 4: Burundi‚ Rwanda‚ Equatorial Guinea‚ Eswatini‚ Lesotho‚ Botswana‚ the Comoros Islands‚ Ethiopia plus four playoff winners

Pot 5: (Playoffs before group stage): Liberia‚ Mauritius‚ the Gambia‚ South Sudan‚ Chad‚ Sao Tome Principe‚ Seychelles‚ Djibouti.

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