Cape Town - CAF president Issa Hayatou has announced that Gabon will host the 2017 edition for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.
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Gabon was elected ahead of Algeria to stage the 31st edition of the
tournament in a vote by CAF's executive committee in Cairo.
The central African country co-hosted the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
with neighbours Equatorial Guinea.
Libya had originally been selected to host the 2017 tournament but
pulled out because of the country's civil war.
The 2015 tournament was held by Equatorial Guinea after Morocco was
barred following its request for a postponement in view of the Ebola
virus epidemic in some western African countries.
AFCON 2017 Pots:
Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Zambia, Cape Verde, DRC, Guinea, Senegal, Cameroon
South Africa, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Ethiopia, Togo, Morocco, Niger, Egypt, Uganda, Malawi, Sudan
Mozambique, Botswana, Libya, Sierra Leone, Lesotho, Kenya, Benin, Rwanda, Tanzania, CAR, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Gambia
Namibia, Guinea Bissau, Seychelles, Burundi, Mauritania, Chad, Madagascar, Sao Tome, Comoros, Swaziland, South Sudan, Mauritius, Djibouti