12 least ranked teams were involved in preliminary round draw of the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa cup of nations held today Friday January 21 in Douala, Cameroon.
The pairings sees high flying Afcon debutant, Gambia to play against Chad, while Mauritius will take on Sao Tome and Principe.
The winners of this round will then join top ranked 42 nations in the final group stage of the Afcon 2023 qualifiers.
Eritrea vs Botswana
Sao Tome and Principe vs Mauritius
Djibouti vs South Sudan
Seychelles vs Lesotho
Somalia vs Eswatini
Chad vs Gambia
Meanwhile, the draw for the final phase of the World cup qualifiers for Africa will take place tomorrow January 22 in Douala at 5pm.