They are grouped with both Ghana and Egypt in the World Cup 2018 African qualifiers, with The Cranes having only recently picked up an away point against Avram Grant's Black Stars in their first game.
Algeria were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cameroon, while Ghana were forced to a 0-0 draw by Uganda.
The Egyptian authorities have also made a decision to allow 40,000 fans to attend the CAF Champions League final second leg at Cairo's International Stadium, giving Egyptian finalists Zamalek an important advantage when they host South African club Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday October 23.
As part of our build up to the final draw which takes place at 17:30 GMT, we give a background to today's event.
Long-time talisman Yaya Toure has retired from internationals, along with brother Kolo.
Seven-time champion Egypt, returning to the African Cup for the first time since 2010, will face four-time victor Ghana in the group stage.
Seven-time African champions Egypt will be eager to revive their dominance after some years of under-performing, while Ghana are desperate to win their first title since 1982 and go one better than the runners-up spot they achieved last time out and in 2012 and 1992.
No team will be more excited about going to Gabon in January than Uganda - the last time they qualified was in 1978 when the notorious Idi Amin ruled the east African state.
Group B will feature Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal and Zimbabwe.