The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have officially confirmed on Thursday that the Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 next year.
A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by recently elected president Patrice Motsepe from South Africa also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six groups will be held on June 25.
Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe have qualified.
The remaining place rests between Benin and Sierra Leone, whose fixture in Freetown this week did not take place because the visitors challenged Covid-19 results after five of their key players tested positive.
Pre-match Covid-19 tests are currently performed in CAF competitions by the host national team or club and there have been numerous allegations of false, positive results depriving opponents of stars.