The eventual champions of the tournament will qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The prestigious event will welcome Africa’s top teams, including four-time African Champions Egypt as well as hosts Cameroon.
Other favourites for the Olympic ticket are African bronze medalists Tunisia and neighbours Algeria
Egypt represented the continent at the last Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 while Tunisia had the honour in Athens 2004.
The competition will be the first continental event to be held newly established hall in the capital Yaoundé.