(WFI) Gabon have been appointed hosts of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

The west African country beat out competition from Ghana and Algeria to secure hosting rights to the tournament’s 31st edition.

CAF president Issa Hayatou announced Gabon as the host on Wednesday following a vote of the CAF Executive Committee. Delegations of the
bidding countries had earlier presented to the ExCo.

Libya was originally awarded 2017 hosting rights but withdrew last year due to the country’s ongoing civil conflict.

It will be the second time Gabon stages the Africa Cup of Nations after it co-hosted the 2012 edition with neighbouring country, Equatorial Guinea.

Four stadiums will be used for the 16-team competition scheduled for January 2017. The venues are in Libreville, Franceville, Port Gentil and Oyem.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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