Qualifying for the 2015 African Cup of Nations will take place over only three months next year, the Confederation of African Football has announced.
It means 144 fixtures, involving total of 48 teams in 12 groups of four, will have to be squeezed in between September and November.
The schedule has been designed to fit in with world governing body Fifa’s international match calendar.
There are no dates in 2014 before the World Cup finals take place in Brazil.
It is the first time that qualifying has had to be arranged around the World Cup since the Nations Cup was switched from even to odd years.