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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 The tournament was scheduled to be hosted by Libya,[1] until CAF rescinded its hosting rights in August 2014 due to ongoing war in the country.[2] The tournament was instead hosted by Gabon.[3] This event was also part of the Africa Cup of Nations 60th Anniversary.

2017 Africa Cup of Nations
Coupe d'Afrique des Nations 2017
2017 Africa Cup of Nations logo.png
Tournament details
Host country Gabon
Dates14 January – 5 February 2017
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Cameroon (5th title)
Runners-up Egypt
Third place Burkina Faso
Fourth place Ghana
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored66 (2.06 per match)
Top scorer(s)Democratic Republic of the Congo Junior Kabananga
(3 goals)
Best player(s)Cameroon Christian Bassogog
2015
2019

Cameroon won their fifth title after defeating seven-time champions Egypt 2–1 in the final.[4] Burkina Faso finished third after beating Ghana 1–0 in the third place play-off.

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.

Contents

Host selectionEdit

First biddingEdit

Bids :

Nation Last hosted
  Botswana [5] -
  Cameroon [6] 1972
  DR Congo [7] -
  Guinea [8] -
  Morocco [9] 1988
  South Africa [10] 1996[11]
  Zambia [12] -
  Zimbabwe [13] -

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] Morocco was the next country to be inspected, with CAF visiting the country in early November 2010.[17] South Africa was inspected in December 2010.

Nation Last hosted
  Morocco 1988
  South Africa 1996

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 biddingEdit

Bids :

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.[18]

Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, and Ghana, were determined by the CAF to be compliant with the host criteria.[19][20] Later, Egypt withdrew.[21]

Other countries which expressed an interest but did not bid included Ethiopia,[22] Mali,[23] and Tanzania.[24] Kenya discussed a joint bid with neighbors Rwanda and Uganda,[25] but eventually bid alone.

On 8 April 2015,[26] CAF President Issa Hayatou announced Gabon as the replacement hosts following votes by the CAF Executive Committee.[3]

Results
Nation Votes
  Gabon 9
  Algeria 4
  Ghana 0
  Egypt Withdrew
Total votes 13

QualificationEdit

 
  Qualified
  Failed to qualify
  Withdrew or did not enter
  Not part of CAF

The draw for the qualification stage took place on 8 April 2015, immediately after the announcement of the host nation.[26] 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.

51 nations entered the qualifying stage with Eritrea and Somalia declining to enter and Chad withdrawing.

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.[27] However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, allowing Morocco to enter the tournament.[28]

Three-time champions Nigeria did not qualify.[29]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[30]

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
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

VenuesEdit

Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX

The four venues were confirmed in October 2016.[31]

Libreville Franceville Oyem Port-Gentil
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

SquadsEdit

Each team could register a squad of 23 players.[32]

Match officialsEdit

The following referees were chosen for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Referees
Assistant referees

FormatEdit

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.[32]

DrawEdit

The draw took place on 19 October 2016, 18:30 UTC+1, in Libreville, Gabon.[33][34]

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:[35][36][37]

  • 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

  Gabon (22 pts; hosts, assigned to A1)
  Ivory Coast (63.5 pts; title holders, assigned to C1)
  Ghana (56.5 pts)
  Algeria (43.5 pts)

  Tunisia (34.5 pts)
  Mali (33.5 pts)
  Burkina Faso (33.5 pts)
  DR Congo (29.5 pts)

  Cameroon (29 pts)
  Senegal (24 pts)
  Morocco (18.5 pts)
  Egypt (15.5 pts)

  Togo (15.5 pts)
  Uganda (12 pts)
  Zimbabwe (10 pts)
  Guinea-Bissau (8.5 pts)

Group stageEdit

Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.

All times are local, WAT (UTC+1).[38]

TiebreakersEdit

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order (Regulations Article 74):[32]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
  3. Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  4. 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;
  5. Goal difference in all games;
  6. Goals scored in all games;
  7. Drawing of lots.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Burkina Faso 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Cameroon 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3   Gabon (H) 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
4   Guinea-Bissau 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: CAF
(H) Host.
Gabon  1–1  Guinea-Bissau
Aubameyang   52' Report Juary   90+1'
Burkina Faso  1–1  Cameroon
Dayo   75' Report Moukandjo   35'

Gabon  1–1  Burkina Faso
Aubameyang   38' (pen.) Report Nakoulma   23'
Cameroon  2–1  Guinea-Bissau
Report Piqueti   13'

Cameroon  0–0  Gabon
Report
Guinea-Bissau  0–2  Burkina Faso
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Senegal 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Tunisia 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6
3   Algeria 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2
4   Zimbabwe 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
Source: CAF
Algeria  2–2  Zimbabwe
Mahrez   12'82' Report
Tunisia  0–2  Senegal
Report

Algeria  1–2  Tunisia
Hanni   90+2' Report
Senegal  2–0  Zimbabwe
Report

Senegal  2–2  Algeria
Report Slimani   10'52'
Zimbabwe  2–4  Tunisia
Report

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   DR Congo 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Morocco 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3   Ivory Coast 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4   Togo 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
Source: CAF
Ivory Coast  0–0  Togo
Report
DR Congo  1–0  Morocco
Kabananga   55' Report

Ivory Coast  2–2  DR Congo
Report
Morocco  3–1  Togo
Report Dossevi   5'

Morocco  1–0  Ivory Coast
Alioui   64' Report
Togo  1–3  DR Congo
Laba   69' Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Egypt 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Ghana 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 6
3   Mali 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
4   Uganda 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Source: CAF
Ghana  1–0  Uganda
A. Ayew   32' (pen.) Report
Mali  0–0  Egypt
Report

Ghana  1–0  Mali
Gyan   21' Report
Egypt  1–0  Uganda
Said   89' Report

Egypt  1–0  Ghana
M. Salah   11' Report
Uganda  1–1  Mali
Miya   70' Report Bissouma   73'

Knockout stageEdit

 
Cameroon players celebrating their victory in the final

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).[32]

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
28 January – Libreville
 
 
  Burkina Faso2
 
1 February – Libreville
 
  Tunisia0
 
  Burkina Faso1 (3)
 
29 January – Port-Gentil
 
  Egypt (p)1 (4)
 
  Egypt1
 
5 February – Libreville
 
  Morocco0
 
  Egypt1
 
28 January – Franceville
 
  Cameroon2
 
  Senegal0 (4)
 
2 February – Franceville
 
  Cameroon (p)0 (5)
 
  Cameroon2
 
29 January – Oyem
 
  Ghana0 Third place play-off
 
  DR Congo1
 
4 February – Port-Gentil
 
  Ghana2
 
  Burkina Faso1
 
 
  Ghana0
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Burkina Faso  2–0  Tunisia
Report

Senegal  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Cameroon
Report
Penalties
4–5

DR Congo  1–2  Ghana
M'Poku   68' Report

Egypt  1–0  Morocco
Kahraba   88' Report

Semi-finalsEdit

Burkina Faso  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Egypt
Bancé   73' Report M. Salah   66'
Penalties
3–4

Cameroon  2–0  Ghana
Report

Third place play-offEdit

Burkina Faso  1–0  Ghana
Al. Traoré   89' Report

FinalEdit

Egypt  1–2  Cameroon
Elneny   22' Report
Attendance: 38,250

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:[40]

Total Man of the Competition
Top Scorer
Fair Play prize
CAF Team of the tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards Substitutes
  Fabrice Ondoa   Kara Mbodji
  Ahmed Hegazi
  Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui
  Charles Kaboré
  Wakaso Mubarak
  Bertrand Traoré
  Christian Atsu
  Mohamed Salah
  Christian Bassogog
  Junior Kabananga
  Essam El-Hadary
  Cheikhou Kouyaté
  Préjuce Nakoulma
  Aristide Bancé
  Benjamin Moukandjo
  Zezinho
  Mbark Boussoufa

SponsorshipEdit

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). [41]

Title Sponsor Official Sponsors

Match BallEdit

Mitre took over as the official match ball supplier following the expiration of the contract between Adidas and CAF. CAF Mitre Delta Hyperseam was the name of the official match ball. [44]

MascotEdit

The official mascot of the tournament was "Samba", a black panther.[45]

ControversyEdit

Website attackEdit

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!"[46]

MediaEdit

BroadcastingEdit

Territory Channel Ref
 Asia-Pacific BeIN Sports [47]
  Australia beIN Sports [47]
  Bangladesh Sony SIX
Sony ESPN
  Benin ORTB
  Bhutan Sony SIX
Sony ESPN
  Brazil SporTV
  Canada beIN Sports (English)
Univision Canada (Spanish)
RDS (French)
[47]
  Cape Verde RTC
  Caribbean Flow Sports
  Central America ESPN
  Colombia Caracol TV
RCN Television
  Democratic Republic of the Congo RTNC
  DOMTOM France Télévisions
  Equatorial Guinea RTVGE
  France beIN Sports [47]
  Gabon GTV
  Ghana GTV/KTV
  India Sony SIX
Sony ESPN
  Ireland Eurosport Ireland
RTÉ Sport
[48]
  Israel Sport 5
  Italy Fox Sports Italia [47]
  Ivory Coast RTI
  Cameroon CRTV
  Japan NHK
  Maldives Sony SIX
Sony ESPN
  Mali ORTM
  MENA beIN Sports
  Mexico Televisa
ESPN
    Nepal Sony SIX
Sony ESPN
  Netherlands Fox Sports Netherlands [47]
  New Zealand Sky Sport
 Pacific Islands Sky Sport
  Pakistan Sony SIX
Sony ESPN
  Portugal Eurosport Portugal
  San Marino Fox Sports Italia
  Senegal RTS
  South Africa SABC
  South America (except Brazil) ESPN
  South Korea JTBC3 Fox Sports
 Southeastern Europe Arena Sport 1
  Spain Eurosport Spain [47]
  Sri Lanka Sony SIX
Sony ESPN
 Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport (English and Portuguese)
TV5Monde Afrique (French)
Canal+ Sport Afrique
[47]
  Togo TVT international
  Turkey Tivibu Spor [47]
  United Kingdom Eurosport [48]
  United States beIN Sports (English and Spanish) [47]
   Vatican City Fox Sports Italia

^1 - Available in the following countries: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia

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