12 Reasons Why Gabon Will Host A Successful 2017 Nations Cup

Written by Peter Pedroncelli

The 2017 Nations Cup hosts are ready to welcome the continent, with Gabon having the honour of holding African soccer’s flagship competition in January and February.

Despite political upheaval and social unrest during the course of the last year, the situation in Gabon seems to have settled somewhat and the country is set to write its name in the history books as a host nation after substituting in for politically unstable Libya.

Sixteen teams will be present in Gabon to fight for the right to be named African champion, with defending champs Cote D’Ivoire aiming to retain the title they won in 2015.

Gabon has the potential to be a great host nation, and the tournament will likely go down as a success in both sporting and hosting terms.

We look at 12 reasons why Gabon will be a successful host nation for the 2017 Nations Cup.

Source: BBCSport, ESPNFC, YahooSports.

This is an updated version of a slideshow that was originally published April 7, 2015.