The draws for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) have been held in Cairo with Zambia exempted from the first round of qualifiers.
Zambia will join the fray in the second round on the weekend of July 26-28 when the face the winner between Botswana and Seychelles.
The first round matches will be on the weekend of April 19-21 with the return legs set for May 10-12.
Should Zambia weave its way past the second round they will face either Angola or the winner Eswatini and Malawi.
Games for the third round will be played on the weekend of September 20-22.
Zambia exited the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) at the quarterfinal stage in Morocco.
Ethiopia will host the 2020 CHAN tournament/FAZ.