2017 Africa Cup of Nations

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2017 Africa Cup of Nations
AFCON 2017
CAN 2017
Tournament details
Host country TBA
Dates early 2017 (expected)
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF). The tournament was scheduled to be hosted by Libya,[1] until CAF rescinded its hosting rights in August 2014 due to ongoing conflict in the country.[2]

The 2017 African champion will qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. This event is also part of the Africa Cup of Nations 60th Anniversary.


First bidding[edit]

The following countries expressed an interest in hosting the tournament: Botswana,[3] Cameroon,[4] DR Congo,[5] Guinea,[6] Morocco,[7] South Africa,[8] Zambia,[9] and Zimbabwe.[10]

CAF received 3 bids before the 30 September 2010 deadline, to host either the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations or 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The three bids were from DR Congo, Morocco and South Africa. All three bids were originally put on a short list.[11]

CAF then began an inspection procedure, intending to visit each bidding country to view stadiums, infrastructure, and football interest. They inspected the DR Congo first.[12] The inspection was intended to run from 12 to 15 November, but was cut short. Shortly after the inspection, DR Congo informed CAF that they would be withdrawing their bids for both the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.[13]

Morocco was the next country to be inspected, with CAF visiting the country in early November 2010.[14] South Africa was inspected in December 2010.

Nation Last hosted
 Morocco 1988
 South Africa 1996[15]

On 29 January, during the 2011 CAF Super Cup, the CAF executive committee decided that Morocco would host 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, while the 2017 edition would be held in South Africa. However, due to the Libyan Civil War, Libya and South Africa traded years with South Africa hosting in 2013 and Libya hosting in 2017.[1]

Second bidding[edit]

After Libya was withdrawn as the venue on 22 August 2014, the CAF announced that they would be receiving applications for the new hosts until 30 September 2014, and would announce the hosts in 2015;[16] the host announcement was later set to take place on 8 April 2015.[17]

Seven countries submitted a bid to host the tournament: Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.[18][19] Only four of them, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, and Ghana, were determined by the CAF to be compliant with the host criteria.[20][21] Later, Egypt withdrew its application.[22]

Nation Last hosted
 Algeria[23] 1990
 Gabon[24] 2012
 Ghana[25] 2008

Other countries which expressed an interest but did not bid included Ethiopia,[26] Mali,[27] and Tanzania.[28] Kenya discussed a joint bid with neighbors Rwanda and Uganda,[29] but eventually bid alone.


The draw for the qualification stage will take place on 8 April 2015, immediately after the announcement of the host nation.[17] The host nation team will also be drawn into a group and will play games against those in that group; however, these matches will only be considered as friendlies and not counted for the standings.

Due to the cancellation of Morocco being hosts of the 2015 edition, the national team of Morocco will not be allowed to enter the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cups of Nations.[30]


If the current format is used, 16 teams will be drawn in four groups. Only the hosts will gets an automatic qualification spot, the other 15 teams will qualify through qualification tournament. At the finals, the 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After group stage, the top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal losers will play in third place match, while winners will play in final.


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  5. ^ "DR Congo name local committee to back 2015 nations cup bid". Star Africa. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Guinea Wants To Host 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations". goal.com. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
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  9. ^ "Zambia Bids to Host 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations". Zambian Watchdog. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Zim’s Afcon bid faces SA challenge". Zimbabwe Independent. 30 September 2010. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "CAN 2015, 2017 bid applications closed". CAF Online. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Organisation de la Can 2015 : Une commission de la Caf en Rdc le 12 novembre prochain en visite d’inspection". Groupelaviner. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "DR Congo withdraws CAN 2015, 2017 bid". CAF Online. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "AFCO 2015 and 2017/ Morocco: CAF for inspection in Casablanca". Star Africa. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  15. ^ At the time of bidding, 1996 was South Africa's previous time hosting. They would later step in to host the 2013 AFCON in place of war-torn Libya.
  16. ^ "Libya withdraws from the organization of AFCON 2017". Cafonline.com. 23 August 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Format of 2017 AFCON Qualifiers and 2018 World Cup". CAFonline.com. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Seven bids received from 2017 AFCON". Cafonline.com. 7 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "2017 Nations Cup: Seven countries bid to host finals". BBC Sport. 7 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Other Resolutions of the Executive Committee Meeting of 11-11-2015". CAF. 16 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "2017 Nations Cup: Four nations left to bid to host tournament". BBC.com. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt confirms 2017 bid withdrawal". BBC.com. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "CAN 2017 : L'Algérie ne serait plus favorite ! Le Ghana et le Mali candidats". GlobalNet. 27 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "La Libye renonce à la CAN 2017 : Et le Gabon…?". Gabon Review. 26 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Ghana to bid for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights". Ghana Soccernet. 26 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "Ethiopia to bid for 2017 African Cup". Merced Sun-Star. 28 August 2014. 
  27. ^ "Football: Mali to bid for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations". GlobalPost. 28 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Tanzania to bid for the 2017 Cup of Nations". Goal.com. 26 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda stage joint bid for 2017 Nations Cup". New Vision. 28 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "Morocco Fined, Banned From Two AFCON Tournaments". CAF Online. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 

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