A total of 12 teams would qualify to play in the final tournament, including the hosts which would qualify automatically.
A record total of 36 (out of 54) CAF member national teams entered the qualifying rounds. The draw was held on 4 December 2019 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The draw procedures were as follows:
- In the first round, the 28 teams were drawn into 14 ties, with teams divided into four pots based on their geographical zones and those in the same pot drawn to play against each other.
- In the second round, the 14 preliminary round winners and the eight teams receiving byes to the second round were allocated into 11 ties based on the first round tie numbers, with eight first round winners playing against the eight teams receiving byes, and the other six first round winners playing against each other.
- Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
- (W): Withdrew after draw
- Did not enter