The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced, in an act held in Cairo (Egypt) on Wednesday, April 8, that the Republic of Gabon has been chosen to host the African Cup of Nations of 2017. In the classification draw, Equatorial Guinea has remained in Group C with Mali, Benin and South Sudan.
Gabon vied against Ghana and Algeria for the organization of this 31st edition of the next CAN, as announced in the same note of the CAF. Its president, Issa Hayatou, was in charge of communicating the name of the winning country after the vote carried out by the executive committee of the Confederation.
In this way, Gabon has won over the two candidate countries for this tournament, which were Algeria and Ghana. In reality, this edition of the CAN 2017 was going to be held in Libya, but the country has had to renounce it due to the civil war in which it is involved. In fact, the next three editions of the competition are already attributed. After Gabon 2017, it will be held in Cameroon in 2019, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.
The formation of the groups for this tournament was also established, with Equatorial Guinea remaining in Group C, with Mali, Benin and South Sudan.
These are the results of the draw:
Tunisia, Togo, Liberia, Djibouti
Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Central African Republic, Madagascar
Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, South Sudan
Burkina Faso, Uganda, Botswana, Comoros
Zambia, Congo, Kenya, Guinea Bissau
Cape Verde, Morocco, Libya, Santo Tome and Principe
Nigeria, Egypt, Tanzania, Chad
Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Mauritius
Ivory Coast, North Sudan, Sierra Leona, Gabon
Algeria, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Seychelles
Senegal, Niger, Namibia, Burundi
Guinea Conakry, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland
Cameroon, South Africa, Gambia, Mauritania
Gabon already hosted, in 2012, another edition of the African Cup, organized jointly with Equatorial Guinea.
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