The draw took place in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday evening on the sidelines of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) General Assembly. Meanwhile, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is coming to an end today.
The Flames will start the campaign from the group stages of the qualifiers that will be preceded by a preliminary round involving eight teams determined by the last FIFA Rankings.
The Group stage matches will kick off in November this year.
In the previous qualifiers, Uganda and Burkina Faso have been Malawi’s opponents, but this will be the first qualification encounter between Malawi and both Seychelles and South Sudan.
The Flames only qualified twice to Afcon in 1984 and 2010.
Next edition of Afcon qualifiers has 12 groups consisting of four teams each and “the top two sides from each group will qualify for the tournament that will be held in Cameroon,” confirmed CAF via its official Twitter handle @CAF_Online.
Full Afcon 2021 draw:
Group A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia, Liberia/ Chad
Group B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan/Seychelles
Group C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius/Sao Tome
Group D: DR Congo, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti v Gambia
Group E: Morocco, Mauritania, CAR, Burundi
Group F: Cameroon, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Rwanda
Group G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo, Comoros
Group H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Group I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Eswatini
Group J: Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea
Group K: Ivory Coast, Niger, Madagascar, Ethiopia
Group L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Lesotho