Ethiopia is in the same group with defending champions Uganda, five time winners Kenya and South Sudan in Group A. The tournament will be held between 24 November and 6 December.
Uganda coach Bobby Williamson told BBC Sport that playing Ethiopia and Kenya in the same group makes it very difficult but he hopes that his youthful team can stand up to the challenge and retain their title.
GroupsA: Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan
B: Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, SomaliaC: Rwanda, Malawi, Zanzibar, Eritrea