The World Cup qualifying match dates have been announced with the series to begin on October 3 and finish on November 6, 2017.
According to a schedule released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the other match days are November 7, 2016; August 28, 2017; September 2, 2017 and October 2, 2017.
Twenty teams have been drawn into five four-team groups with only the winners qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The qualifying groups
Group A – Tunisia, Libya, DRC, Guinea
Group B – Zambia, Cameroon, Algeria, Nigeria
Group C – Gabon, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco
Group D – Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde
Group E – Ghana, Egypt, Congo, Uganda