The Young Chipolopolo was the surprise packets from the qualifying series confirming their places alongside perennial representatives; Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as Congo and Guinea.
The seven teams will join hosts Niger for next year’s final tournament that will give birth to the continent’s representatives for the global championship.
Zambia completed a double over Uganda to book their place, beating the latter 2-1 in Kampala on Saturday. Leading marksman Patson Daka scored a first half brace before Alex Komakech reduced the deficit for the Cubs. The Southern Africans advanced 4-1 on aggregate.