Nigeria to tackle Benin or Togo for a place in the African Nations Championship Chan 2020 qualifying rounds as reigning champion, Morocco launch their title defence against neighbours Algeria.
The African Nations Championship Chan 2020 qualifying draw was confirmed on Friday with twice runners-up Ghana faces Burkina Faso.
It could be recalled that Morocco were impressive winners last year as they trounced Nigeria 4-0 in the final.
Concise News gathers that the qualifying series is regional to reduce travelling costs and the other tie in the North section pits two former champions, Tunisia and Libya, against each other.
The other winners of the competition were the Democratic Republic of Congo, who triumphed in the maiden tournament in 2009 and again three years ago.
DR Congo starts with a visit to the winners of a tie between Centre zone minnows the Central African Republic and Chad.
Kenya, who have never reached the finals, were paired with Burundi and if successful, would tackle Tanzania or Sudan for a place among the finalists.
The 14-nation South section is always hotly contested and there is the prospect of attractive final round clashes between Angola and Zambia and Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Including Ethiopia, who qualify automatically as hosts, a record 48 of the 54 members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will participate in the 2020 CHAN.
A notable omission is African powerhouses Egypt, who have entered only one of the five previous qualifying competitions, citing fixture congestion for their absence.
The Gambia, Sierra Leona and Eritrea also did not enter and Djibouti and Gabon are serving suspensions after withdrawing from 2018 qualifiers.
CAF said they will announce later the dates for the three rounds of qualifying ahead of a 16-nation tournament slated for January and February next year.