Host, Rwanda, have been drawn in Group A alongside Gabon, Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire for the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
Winners of the maiden edition in 2009, DR Congo will play in Group B with 2011 losing finalists, Angola, Cameroon and Ethiopia.
Zimbabwe, Mali, Ugandan and Zambia will play in Group D.
Four stadiums across three cities will host the tournament which is scheduled to hold from January 16 till February 6, 2016.
The top two in each group will advance to the quarter-finals.