Gabon was named on Wednesday as the host of the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2017.

The country beat rival bids from Algeria and Ghana in a vote by the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) executive committee at a meeting in Cairo.

Gabon replaces war-torn Libya, who withdrew last year as the 2017 host because of the civil conflict raging in the country.

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It will be the second time Gabon has hosted the tournament. The country co-hosted the competition in 2012 with Equatorial Guinea.

The 16-team tournament, which is set for January 2017, will take place in four different cities. Two new stadiums will be built in Port Gentil and in Oyem, while matches will also be hosted at existing venues Libreville and Franceville, according to Gabon Football Federation officials.

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All three candidate countries made presentations to the CAF executive committee on Wednesday before the ballot was taken.

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CAF did not make details of the voting immediately available.

CAF have already designated the hosts of the 2019 (Cameroon), 2021 (Ivory Coast) and 2023 finals (Guinea).

 

 


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