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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gabon to Host 2017 AFCON; Kenya, Nigeria Land Tough Qualifier Groups

Gabon will host the 31st edition of Africa Cup of Nations in 2017 after beating off competition from fellow West Africans Ghana and North Africans Algeria.

Les Panthers who co-hosted the 2012 edition alongside Equatorial Guinea received the nod to host the tournament for the second time in their history from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee, who voted in Cairo, Egypt.

Algeria, hosts in 1990, were bookmakers favorites to get the rights with Ghana, bidding for a fifth time, also favored ahead of Gabon.

Meanwhile the draw for the qualifiers for the 2017 tournament was also conducted. Reigning Champions Cote d’Ivoire were drawn in a tricky Group I which also has the hosts Gabon, 1970 AFCON winners Sudan and underdogs Sierra Leone.

Group G looked the tough on paper with record champions Egypt drawn alongside 2013 winners Nigeria, with Tanzania and Chad completing the Group.

2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group A
Tunisia                                                                                  Togo
Liberia                                                                                   Djibouti

2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group B
Democratic Republic of Congo                                       Angola
Central Africa Republic                                                    Madagascar

2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group C
Equatorial Guinea                                                            Mali
Benin                                                                                  South Sudan

2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group D
Burkina Faso                                                                      Uganda
Botswana                                                                            Comoros

2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group E
Zambia                                                                                 Congo
Kenya                                                                                   Guinea Bissau

2017AFCON Qualifiers Group F
Morocco                                                                              Libya
Cape Verde                                                                        Sao Tome

2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group G
Nigeria                                                                                  Tanzania
Egypt                                                                                     Chad

2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group H
Ghana                                                                                   Mozambique
Rwanda                                                                                 Mauritius

2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group I
Cote d’Ivoire                                                                      Sierra Leone

Sudan                                                                                  Gabon

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