2017 Africa Cup of Nations
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, known as the Total Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017 (also referred to as AFCON 2017 or CAN 2017), was the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament was scheduled to be hosted by Libya, until CAF rescinded its hosting rights in August 2014 due to ongoing war in the country. The tournament was instead hosted by Gabon. This event was also part of the Africa Cup of Nations 60th Anniversary.
|Coupe d'Afrique des Nations 2017|
|Dates||14 January – 5 February 2017|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Cameroon (5th title)|
|Third place||Burkina Faso|
|Goals scored||66 (2.06 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Junior Kabananga|
|Best player(s)||Christian Bassogog|
|Fair play award||Egypt|
As champions, Cameroon qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. Tournament hosts Gabon and defending champions Ivory Coast were both eliminated in the group stage after failing to win any of their three group games.
CAF received 3 bids before 30 September 2010, the deadline, to host either the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations or 2017 from DR Congo, Morocco and South Africa. All three bids were originally put on a shortlist. CAF then began an inspection procedure, on November and December 2010, intending to visit each bidding country to view stadiums, infrastructure, and football interest. They inspected the DR Congo first. 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. Morocco was the next country to be inspected, with CAF visiting the country in early November 2010. South Africa was inspected in December 2010.
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.
Other countries which expressed an interest but did not bid included Ethiopia, Mali, and Tanzania. Kenya discussed a joint bid with neighbors Rwanda and Uganda, but eventually bid alone.
The draw for the qualification stage took place on 8 April 2015, immediately after the announcement of the host nation. The host nation team were also drawn into a group and would play games against those in that group; however, those matches would 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 were originally banned by CAF from entering the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cups of Nations. However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, allowing Morocco to enter the tournament.
The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.
at start of event
|Gabon||Hosts||8 April 2015||7th||2015||Quarter-finals (1996, 2012)||108|
|Morocco||Group F winners||29 March 2016||16th||2013||Winners (1976)||57|
|Algeria||Group J winners||2 June 2016||17th||2015||Winners (1990)||39|
|Cameroon||Group M winners||3 June 2016||18th||2015||Winners (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002)||62|
|Senegal||Group K winners||4 June 2016||14th||2015||Runners-up (2002)||33|
|Egypt||Group G winners||4 June 2016||23rd||2010||Winners (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010)||35|
|Ghana||Group H winners||5 June 2016||21st||2015||Winners (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)||54|
|Guinea-Bissau||Group E winners||5 June 2016||1st||none||Debut||68|
|Zimbabwe||Group L winners||5 June 2016||3rd||2006||Group stage (2004, 2006)||103|
|Mali||Group C winners||5 June 2016||10th||2015||Runners-up (1972)||64|
|Ivory Coast||Group I winners||3 September 2016||22nd||2015||Winners (1992, 2015)||34|
|Uganda||Group D runners-up||4 September 2016||6th||1978||Runners-up (1978)||73|
|Burkina Faso||Group D winners||4 September 2016||11th||2015||Runners-up (2013)||53|
|Tunisia||Group A winners||4 September 2016||18th||2015||Winners (2004)||36|
|DR Congo||Group B winners||4 September 2016||18th||2015||Winners (1968, 1974)||49|
|Togo||Group A runners-up||4 September 2016||8th||2013||Quarter-finals (2013)||90|
The four venues were confirmed in October 2016.
|Stade de l'Amitié||Stade de Franceville||Stade d'Oyem||Stade de Port-Gentil|
|Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 25,000||Capacity: 20,500||Capacity: 20,000|
Each team could register a squad of 23 players.
The following referees were chosen for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
- Assistant referees
Only the hosts received an automatic qualification spot, the other 15 teams qualified through a qualification tournament. At the finals, the 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After the group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal losers will play in third place match, while semifinal winners will play in final.
The seedings approved by the Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations at its meeting on Monday, 26 September 2016 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, was determined taking into account the performance of the qualified teams during the following competitions:
- Africa Cup of Nations final tournaments (2012, 2013, 2015)
- Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers (2013, 2015, 2017)
- FIFA World Cup (2014)
- FIFA World Cup qualifiers (2014)
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.
- Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
- Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
- If, after applying criteria 1 to 3 to teams concerned, two or three teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between these teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 7 will apply;
- Goal difference in all games;
- Goals scored in all games;
- Drawing of lots.
|1||Burkina Faso||3||1||2||0||4||2||+2||5||Advance to knockout stage|
|Aubameyang 52'||Report||Juary 90+1'|
|Dayo 75'||Report||Moukandjo 35'|
|Aubameyang 38' (pen.)||Report||Nakoulma 23'|
|1||Senegal||3||2||1||0||6||2||+4||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|Mahrez 12', 82'||Report|
|Report||Slimani 10', 52'|
|1||DR Congo||3||2||1||0||6||3||+3||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|Ivory Coast||2–2||DR Congo|
|1||Egypt||3||2||1||0||2||0||+2||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|A. Ayew 32' (pen.)||Report|
|M. Salah 11'||Report|
In the knockout stages, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, except for the play-off for third place where no extra time was played (Regulations Article 75).
|28 January – Libreville|
|1 February – Libreville|
|Burkina Faso||1 (3)|
|29 January – Port-Gentil|
|Egypt (p)||1 (4)|
|5 February – Libreville|
|28 January – Franceville|
|2 February – Franceville|
|Cameroon (p)||0 (5)|
|29 January – Oyem|
|Ghana||0||Third place play-off|
|4 February – Port-Gentil|
|Burkina Faso||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Egypt|
|Bancé 73'||Report||M. Salah 66'|
Third place play-offEdit
|Al. Traoré 89'||Report|
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Sofiane Hanni
- Issoufou Dayo
- Alain Traoré
- Bertrand Traoré
- Vincent Aboubakar
- Christian Bassogog
- Benjamin Moukandjo
- Nicolas Nkoulou
- Sébastien Siani
- Neeskens Kebano
- Firmin Ndombe Mubele
- Mohamed Elneny
- Abdallah Said
- Jordan Ayew
- Asamoah Gyan
- Juary Soares
- Wilfried Bony
- Serey Dié
- Yves Bissouma
- Rachid Alioui
- Aziz Bouhaddouz
- Youssef En-Nesyri
- Romain Saïss
- Papakouli Diop
- Kara Mbodji
- Henri Saivet
- Moussa Sow
- Mathieu Dossevi
- Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba
- Wahbi Khazri
- Taha Yassine Khenissi
- Youssef Msakni
- Farouk Miya
- Kudakwashe Mahachi
- Tendai Ndoro
- Nyasha Mushekwi
- Knowledge Musona
- Own goals
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
- Total Man of the Competition
- Top Scorer
- Junior Kabananga (3 goals)
- Fair Play prize
- CAF Team of the tournament
|Fabrice Ondoa|| Kara Mbodji
| Charles Kaboré
| Christian Bassogog
| Essam El-Hadary|
|Eliminated in the quarter-finals|
|Eliminated in group stage|
In July 2016, Total secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to support ten of its principal competitions, including the Africa Cup of Nations (renamed the Total Africa Cup of Nations). 
|Title Sponsor||Official Sponsors|
On 21 January, Russian hacking group New World Hackers claimed to have taken the official CAF website down in response to CAF's decision to choose Gabon as host nation. "We did this in protest against Gabon", the person claiming to be one of the hackers wrote in an email. "They are running the Africa Cup in a country where the dictator Ali Bongo is killing innocent people!"
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