The post-election climate that remains tense in Gabon, is a real cause of concern for the organization of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in this country in the month of January 2017. If through co-organization of the competition in 2012, the country’s President Ali Bongo had a number of facilities, those under construction have inevitably taken a hit after the announcement of results of the last presidential election.
Moreover, nothing assures that the climate will subside anytime soon. Since Jean Ping and Ali Bongo do not appear ready to make concessions. Despite the deleterious climate, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) remains serene.
At least if we stick to a recent release of the media director at the ridge tile body of African football.
“In the present circumstances, the timetable provided by the CAF is maintained, there is no need to worry. There is a draw on October 19 in Libreville, we’re not there yet, “Junior Binyam told AFP.
“We have the annual meetings of CAF between 21 and 27 September, all standing committees will meet, including the commission of organization of the African Cup of Nations. (…) The situation will be assessed and discussed at the annual meetings “; He continued, finding inappropriate and premature to open a debate on Gabon’s ability to keep the organization’s bet. “This is not the time to that debate,” ruled the Cameroonian.
He nevertheless suggested the existence of a plan B. Even if the identity of the country that could be called into action has not yet been officially unveiled, Morocco’s name comes back insistently. For the record, the Sherifian kingdom renounced the organization of the 2015 AFCON to 50 days of its kick-off, citing health reasons, due to the Ebola virus raging in some countries qualified. In response, in addition to monetary penalties, the CAF had excluded the Moroccan Royal Football Federation campaign playoffs of 2017 and 2019. AFCON Sanctions were canceled later by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
As a reminder, the 2017 AFCON is scheduled from 14 January to 5 February.