The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced that it has earmarked November 2011 as the starting month for the qualifying rounds of the Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014.
The continental football governing body says 52 out of 53 of its member associations will battle it out in a total of 154 qualifying games over the next two years, ending in November 2013.
Five countries will represent Africa in South America.
According to the Issa Hayatou-led organisation, the qualifiers begin with a preliminary round involving the 24 lowest Fifa-ranked teams, of which the best 12 join the remaining 28 teams, on a bye for the next phase.
The top team from each of the 10 groups will qualify for the final play-off, and will play in a round-robin to determine the five representatives.