2017 African Cup Host Emerges In April

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Four candidates have emerged to host the competition come 2017. They include Algeria, Egypt, Ghana and Gabon. One of these nations would be replacing Libya who has pulled out of hosting the finals as a result of civil turbulence.

The Confederation of African football (CAF) revealed on Thursday that the host of the 2017 African Cup of nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt.

Qualification for the tournament kicks-off in June, with the host nation taking part for the first time, although their matches will be considered as friendlies and not count for points.

A total of 52 teams will enter the qualifiers and will be divided into 13 groups, with the winners advancing to the finals as well as the two best runners-up.

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