The fixtures for the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, which is set...
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Gabon to host AFCON 2017
Gabon, who’s national team has gone from regional minnow to force over the past 10 years, co-hosted AFCON 2012 with neighbors Equatorial Guinea.
Algeria, once favorites to host the competition, could possibly have fallen victim to a purported row between FA chief Mohamed Raouraoua and Issa Hayatou, longtime president of African football’s governing body (CAF).
Uncorroborated reports suggest that Raouraoua may have been planning to run for the CAF presidency, threatening Hayatou’s 27-year stranglehold on the position.
Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, and Zimbabwe all originally applied to host the tournament as well, with CAF dropping the last three citing inability to meet its hosting criteria.
Egypt, still reeling from political upheaval, then withdrew its application, instead throwing its weight behind Algeria’s bid.