During that process, Amara Traore's side scored 16 goals from six matches while only conceding two.
They head into the tournament with a near fully-fit squad and will be expected to qualify from a group that consists of Libya, Equatorial Guinea and Zambia.
Players to watch out for:
Having been highly impressive during his stint in the Premier League with West Ham United and Newcastle United, Ba is one of the favourites to be the leading goalscorer in the competition. The 26-year-old showed that he is in good form in front of goal last week by scoring against Sudan in a friendly.
While all the current talk is about Ba and his Newcastle teammate Papiss Cisse, coach Traore is going to find it hard to leave out Sow. The centre-forward was Ligue 1's leading goalscorer last season as he helped Lille to lift the title. The 25-year-old made a habit of scoring important goals during qualification.
Previous best: Runners-up 2002
Odds to win outright: 6/1
Sports Mole says: Semi-final