How 2013 AFCON draw will work
According to CAF, the 15 seeded teams represented by 15 balls will be in Pot A, while 15 other teams will be in Pot B.
A third Pot C will contain a total of 30 balls representing teams from both Pots A and B.
If ball A is drawn first from Pot C, it means that the team drawn from Pot A will play their first match at home and the team drawn from Pot B will play their second match at home.
If ball B is drawn first from Pot C, it means that the team drawn from Pot B will play their first match at home and the team drawn from Pot A will play their second match at home.
The seeded teams are Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Equatorial, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia.
The teams not seeded are Botswana, Cape Vert, Central Africa, Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, DR Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The winners of these third round qualifiers will be played between September and October with the winners decided on a knockout basis.
Thursday’s draw will be staged in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Next year’s AFCON will kick off in South Africa on January 19.