Bafana Bafana will get another chance to try and qualify for Afcon – the last time South Africa qualified for the finals was in 2019.
Coached by Stuart Baxter at the time, Bafana Bafana reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
They failed to qualify for the 2021 Afcon finals in Cameroon which took place at the start of 2022 due to Covid-19.
And Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos understands the importance of qualifying this time around, especially after failing to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
WHEN IS THE AFCON DRAW FOR THE QUALIFIERS?
The draw for the Afcon qualifiers will take place on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 in Randburg, Johannesburg at 19:30 SA time.
HOW ARE THE TEAMS SEEDED
There are 48 countries that qualified to participate in the second round of the qualifiers, and they have been seeded into four pots.
There will be 12 groups of four teams each, and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the finals in Ivory Coast.
Pot 1: Senegal (holders), Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroon, Algeria, Mali, Ivory Coast (hosts), Burkina Faso, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pot 2: South Africa, Cape Verde, Guinea, Gabon, Benin, Uganda, Zambia, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Kenya, Sierra Leone.
Pot 3: Namibia, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Libya, Mozambique, Malawi, Togo, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Angola, Comoros.
Pot 4: Tanzania, Central African Republic, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Liberia, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe.