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
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
2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group E
Kenya Guinea Bissau
2017AFCON Qualifiers Group F
Cape Verde Sao Tome
2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group G
2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group H
2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group I
Cote d’Ivoire Sierra Leone
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