Burundi became the third East African country to qualify for the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
The ‘Intamba m’Urugamba’ needed at least a draw in their final Group C qualifier against Gabon to sail through for the very first time.
And before a fully packed Stade du Prince Louis Rwagasore in Bujumbura on Saturday they managed to hold their nerves for for a 1-1 draw.
Cedric Amissi put the hosts in the lead in the 76th minute with a well connected cross but a Omar Ngando own goal cancelled things out five minutes later.
However, Gabon with Arsenal striker Pierre Emmerick Aubameyang as their skipper could not find the winner.
Burundi joins Uganda and Kenya as the other East African countries which have made the cut.
The number could reach four on Sunday if Tanzania beat Uganda in Dar Es Salaam in their do or die Group L match.