Breaking News: Gabon announced hosts of AFCON 2017

Wednesday 8th April , 2015 1:45 pm

The Confederation of African Football have announced Gabon as the hosts of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

The Central African nation beat off competition from Ghana and Algeria at the event which was held in Cairo before the draw for the qualifiers was also done.

Oil-rich Gabon co hosted the competition 3 years ago with Equatorial Guinea.

The announcement was made by CAF President Issa Hayatou who is now likely to extend his stay as head of African Football’s Governing body after all 54 members of the Executive committee voted to remove the age cap of 70 which rendered members ineligible to contest for a position.




Gabon will host the tournament in four cities: Libreville, Franceville, Port Gentil and Oyem. The venues in Port Gentil and Oyem will be newly-built and the grounds are expected to  be completed in 14 months.



By:Benjamin Nketsia/citifmonline.com/Ghana