According to a report on the website of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the draw held on Thursday in Dar es Salaam pitted two-time champions Nigeria in Group A.
They are drawn alongside host country Tanzania, together with Angola and debutants Uganda.
Cameroon, champions in 2003, were drawn in Group B alongside top seeds Guinea, Morocco and Senegal.
Incidentally, all the four teams in Group B are French-speaking, setting the stage for an exciting round of matches in the race for the two slots for the next round.
The draw held at the Mlimani City Conference Centre also had in attendance CAF Executive Committee members, Leodegar Tenga and Moses Magogo.
CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, conducted the draw and was assisted by captain of the Tanzanian under-20 team, Michael Moris, and former Taifa Stars player Mohamed Richard.
The final tournament will be held from April 14 to April 28 in Tanzania.
The semi-finalists will qualify to represent the continent at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru next year.
Group A – Tanzania, Nigeria, Angola, Uganda
Group B – Guinea, Cameroon, Morocco, Senegal