Expected to play the 2014 Chan group stage alongside Ghana, Libya and Congo, Ethiopia have just released their 27 men to defend national colors in South Africa.
Coach Sewnet Bishaw chose not to include goalkeeper Sisay Bancha and defender Abebaw Butako who fought in the 2014 World Cup Playoffs in November.
Perennial champions St George dominate the squad with eight players including skipper Degu Debebe.
Ethiopia provisional squad
Alula Girma, Salahadin Bergecho, Degu Debebe, Menyahel Teshome, Adane Girma, Omed Ukri, Beyadeglegn Elyas, Mentesenot Adane (St George), Jemal Tasew, Fasika Asfaw, Tok James, Ephrem Ashamo (Ethiopian Coffee).
Tariku Getenet, Seyoum Tesfaye, Birhanu Bogale, Tadele Mengesha, Shemeket Gugsa (Dedebit). Gebremichael Yakob, Mulalem Yakob (Arba Minch Kenema)
Dereje Alemu, Aynalem Hailu and Asrat Megersa (Dashen Beer). Manaye Fantu (Defence Force), Mehari Mena (Commercial Bank of Ethiopian (CBE)), Moges Tadesse (Sidama Coffee).