2017 Africa Cup of Nations: Important statistics

Following the emergence of 16 teams for the 2017 African Nations Cup, to be hosted by Gabon, here are some important statistics:

All but one qualifier (Guinea Bissau, debuting next year) are no new comers to the final tournament.

The previous records are as follows – tabulated under Previous finals appearances and Previous best performance.

Egypt – 22 appearances – Winners (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010)

Cote d’Ivoire – 21 – Winners (1992, 2015)

Ghana – 20 – Winners (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)

Cameroon – 17 – Winners (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002)

DR Congo – 17 – Winners (1968, 1974)

Tunisia  – 17 – Winners (2004)

Algeria – 16 – Winners (1990)

Morocco – 15 – Winners (1976)

Senegal – 13 – Runners-up (2002)

Burkina Faso – 10 – Runners-up (2013)

Mali – 9 – Runners-up (1972)

Togo – 7 – Eliminated in the Quarter-finals (2013)

Host Gabon – 6 – Eliminated in the Quarter-finals (1996, 2012) Uganda – 5 – Runners-up (1978)

Zimbabwe – 2 – Eliminated in the Group stage (2004, 2006)

Guinea Bissau – 0 – First appearance in 2017

The qualifiers were played between 12 June, 2015 and 4 September 2016, among 51 countries. Gabon as host gained automatic qualification for the final tournament.

A total of 144 matches were played and 359 goals were scored (averaging 2.49 goals per match).

The top scorer is El Arabi Hillel Soudani of Algeria (7 goals).

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (also referred to as AFCON 2017) will be 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The tournament was scheduled to be hosted by Libya, until CAF rescinded its hosting rights in August 2014 due to the ongoing crisis in the north African country. The tournament will now be hosted by Gabon.

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

AFCON 2017 will take place from 14 January – 5 February 2017.

There will be 4 venues in 3 host cities – Libreville, Franceville, which were used in 2012 when Gabon co-hosted with Equatorial Guinea, and Port Gentil.

The Stade Omar Bongo and Stade d’Angondjé, both in Libreville, have capacity for 45,000 and 40,000 spectators respectively, Stade de Franceville  35,000, and Stade de Port Gentil 20,000.

The draw for the final tournament of AFCON 2017 will take place on 19 October 2016 in Libreville, although host Gabon has already been drawn into Group A.

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

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