​​CAF names Gabon ​AFCON 2017 host

The Confederation of African Football ha​s named Gabon the host for the 2017 Africa Cup Nations.

Gabon was on Wednesday selected over Ghana and Algeria who also tabled impressive bids for the hosting of the biennial football tournament which is the biggest on the continent.

With the announcement at the CAF congress in Cairo on Wednesday, Gabon replaces war-torn Libya, who withdrew last year as 2017 hosts because of the conflict raging in the country.

This is second time that oil-rich Gabon will stage the finals after co-hosting the 2012 edition with neighbours Equatorial Guinea.

As presented in their bid document, Gabon will use four venues for the 16-team tournament, set for January 2017.

They will be Libreville and Franceville, which were used in 2012, plus Port Gentil and Oyem where the stadiums will be ready in 14 months, Gabon Football Federation officials said.

Meanwhile, CAF has already designated the hosts of the 2019 (Cameroon), 2021 (Ivory Coast) and 2023 finals (Guinea).


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  • Iskacountryman

    what change were you expecting that was not delivered?

    • Adeniji adele

      For a woman who left a lucrative job to serve her fatherland, .secured debt relief to the tune of 18 billion dollars , this writer needs a reality check.

      • Iskacountryman

        is that so?

  • David Emoche

    Yes. They Served the country to the best of their capacity, and yes, a lot changed during Okonjo-Iweala’s administration. Positive change. Should we begin to talk about the accountability and transparency of the finance sector or the several projects that seek to alleviate poverty and redeem the economy? NOI’s service was impacting.

  • David Emoche

    Before highlighting some of NOI’s impacts on the economy, the writer needs to be cleared with the word “change”. What does he mean by change? How does he measure change? What is change? Change as I understand it is relative, and it is a continuum. Change is not measured by criticising a particular period of time. One must take into account what was before and after.

  • David Emoche

    I suggest Teniola retreat to do his homework well before trying to damaging the reputation of another because of “change” which he doesn’t understand.

  • David Emoche

    “Eric Teniola served as a director in the presidency, but there was no change.”
    How does this sound to you? (I hope you read this comments and learn)
    I’m sure you would protest this to Jesus Come. But you can say this about others.

  • David Emoche

    It would have been reasonable if he was specific with the change he is talking about. Find a better way to criticize and do it reasonably.

  • David Emoche

    This will educate you! NOI empowered Nigeria’s women and youth with the Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria Programme (GWIN); a gender responsive budgeting system and the highly acclaimed Youth Enterprise with Innovation programme (YouWIN); a highly acclaimed programme to support entrepreneurs that created thousands of jobs.This program has been evaluated by the World Bank as one of the most effective programmes of its kind globally. Do you still think there was no CHANGE?

  • David Emoche

    Remember the Paris Club deal? And How Okonjo Iweala’s intervention led to the wiping out of US$30 billion of Nigeria’s debt, including the outright cancellation of US$18 billion. Still think there was no change?

  • David Emoche

    In 2003 NOI led efforts to improve Nigeria’s macroeconomic management including the implementation of an oil-price based fiscal rule where revenues accruing above a reference benchmark oil price were saved in a special account, “The Excess Crude Account” which helped to reduce macroeconomic volatility. Keep learning!!!

  • David Emoche

    Under NOI’s leadership, the National Bureau of Statistics carried out a rebasing exercise; the first in 24 years, which saw Nigeria emerge as the largest economy in Africa.

    • Adeniji adele

      A simple google search would have schooled the reviewer about this fact and more.

  • David Emoche

    You can read more exploits by NOI online. If after all these, you still believe there was no change, YOU NEED INTENSIVE HELP.

    • Adeniji adele

      This review is in bad taste . The writer’s glaring dispute with facts is apparent. He should have read about Okonjo Iweala’s achievements before misleading the public.

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    Eric teniola, it seems you don’t understand the word “Change”

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    what about the issue of corruption she attacked then and the tranceparancy for more jobs?

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala served as the Nigeria’s minister of Finance from 2003 to 2006. She was reappointed in July 2011 and served till May 2015 making her the longest serving minister of Finance in Nigeria to date. well if she didn’t manage her office well at that time she will not be reappointed again

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    ok since you said they served, but you did’nt notice any change, what about the monthly financial allocation of the federal government

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    So let us first of all work on efficiency. you said it all, “let us” and not them , remember this people are not God, it Only God that can change things, we are humans so Mr Eric, humans don’t have the 100% power to change things we can only try our best and let God do the finishing.

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    we should stop criticzing the past people by there misdeeds

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    Even if you are in that position , do you think you have the capacity to change everything

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    They tried their possible best !!!!!!!

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    Am sure you need to sit down and think , Humans are not God

  • oreoluwa adeniji

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, for we to attained that change we all want , we all need to work together , it not only those that are in power that can bring about change, what about us?

  • Femi Hassan

    “They
    served no doubt, but there was no change”. Sounds poetic but we all know that
    is a lie.

  • Femi Hassan

    The last sentence of the writer, is a pure fallacy

  • Femi Hassan

    What we read and what we choose to perceive is dependent on
    us, unfortunately Teniola you have a wrong perception and interpretation of what
    you have read.

  • Femi Hassan

    I
    can’t believe after reading such an awesome book, this writer would conclude
    that there was no change impacted in the service of Dr Okonjo Iweala and many
    others.

  • Adeniji adele

    This article is riddled with factual errors. Madame Okonjo iweala didn’t fail in any way. In her first coming as Minister she performed exceeding well.

  • Adeniji adele

    Nigeria had no economic policy or direction before her coming. this writer has failed to acknowledge what she did to give this economy a sense of direction through the privatisation of moribund government infrastructures.

  • Adeniji adele

    Mr. Reviewe also erred when he failed to take into account her recent accounts. Who pioneered the Development Bank of Nigeria? A simple google search would have made this article balanced

  • Adeniji adele

    It’s a pity that this writer read the book and failed to research beyond it. Madame Okonjo Iweala didn’t come to Nigeria as a political juggernaut as he tried to paint her in the first part of the review. She was an influential minister in President Obasanjo’s cabinet, but a minister with a difference.

  • Adeniji adele

    The removal of petrol subsidy was her idea to free Nigeria from the grips of oil marketers . Today, this reviewer has forgotten the insults Madame Okonjo went through to introduce this policy and the protests that greeted it.

  • Adeniji adele

    The same Okonjo Iweala that this article remarks did not live up to expectations advocated saving for the rainy day and governors in the last administration almost crucified her. Took her to the Supreme Court

  • Seye Tiamiyu

    I haven’t read the book, but I experienced the service of Okonjo Iweala and others in this great nations and I can say that a lot of chanhes were effected

  • Seye Tiamiyu

    Perhaps, Eric Teniola, if you read the book again and widen the scope of your reading, you would see all the changes effected while Madam Okonjo Iweala served.

  • ADELE Adeniji

    Former Minister of Finance,Dr. Okonjo Iweala has done more for the Nigerian economy than any other minister. It is unfortunate that this article concludes that she failed without giving the basis for the statement.

  • Seye Tiamiyu

    The book is an evidence that there were a lot of change effected during the years of service, perhaps you chose to ignore that.

  • nellyvictor

    Can a minister terminate one’s appointment?

  • nellyvictor

    Write about the way forward to having a better living in our country. That should go a long way.

  • nellyvictor

    Issues of tribalism has been before the time of our former president, so why bring up this now?

  • nellyvictor

    I doubt the allegations of appointing only the Igbos in the said office

  • nellyvictor

    Mr. writer, are you the kind that will appoint a person who cannot deliver all because he is your tribe.

  • nellyvictor

    Let the truth be told please.

  • nellyvictor

    NOI, a no nonsense woman, a woman of dignity. My dear you must have been corrupt for her to have taken such actions

  • nellyvictor

    False allegations against NOI, even if it were to be true, who are your witness. What strong evidence do you have to tender?

  • nellyvictor

    Talks about Tribalism in politics will not make this country any better.

  • nellyvictor

    There is always a reason for every action. Let the truth be told please.