23rd April 2017
African Cup of Nations AFCON Tickets Go on Sale for Gabon 2017
By Press Release (24/12/16)
The sale of tickets for the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017) in Gabon has started, the Organising Committee (COCAN) says.
The tickets for the continent’s biggest football showpiece will cost between 500 and 40,000 FCFA (between $0.80 and $63), the COCAN earlier confirmed. (Pictured: Mahrez of Algeria and Leicester City and the first African footballer to win the Best Player Award in England).
The tournament to be held between January and February next year kicks off on Saturday January 14 with an opening ceremony in the capital, Libreville. Rates for the ceremony ranges between 2,000 to 20,000 FCFA, about $3 and $30 respectively.
After the opening ceremony, hosts Gabon will face Guinea-Bissau, after which Cameroon will face Burkina Faso at the 40,000 seater Stade D’Amitie (Friendship Stadium). The venue will also host the grand final on Sunday 5 February.
The organisers disclosed that a total of some 500,000 tickets are on sale in the four host cities of Libreville, Franceville, Port-Gentil and Oyem.
There are however some issues with respect to the Oyem venue which is located in the north of the country. The Sports Minister Nicole Asselé was recently concerned about the delays in the completion of the new stadium with 20,000 seats.
Also, a local newspaper reported that there were also issues about the state of the road between Oyem and Bitam, 50 km further north near Cameroon. “Two teams will be lodged in Bitam and must therefore make shuttles to rally Oyem for the matches,” the newspaper added.
The Atlas Lions of Morocco and the Hawks of Togo, which will share a hotel in Bitam. The AFCON groups are as follows:
GROUP A – Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau
GROUP B – Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Zimbabwe
GROUP C – Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco and Togo
GROUP D – Ghana, Mali, Egypt, Uganda
Courtesy: By Global Africa News