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Gabon 2017: All set for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament

Africa’s biggest soccer showcase, the Africa Cup of Nations is certainly upon us, kicking off tomorrow (Saturday), the 14th of January. Hosts Gabon will get the ball rolling in the opening match in Libreville tomorrow in a game against debutants The Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau, in a Group A clash. We wish all the 16 teams participating in the tournament the very best. Let the 2017 games begin.


Who is your BBC African Footballer of the Year?

The BBC African Footballer of the Year award nominees have been announced and the list includes Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Algerian Riyad Mahrez, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Ivory Coast Yaya. Voting is open until 28 November and the winner will be announced on Monday, 12 December. Tell us, who is your BBC African Footballer of the Year?


Aubameyang, Mahrez shortlisted for Ballon d’Or

Leicester City’s sensational winger, Algerian Riyad Mahrez Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been shortlisted for the 2016 Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player. The two African players are among a list of 30 football stars revealed by France Football. Congratulations to Aubameyang and Mahrez on the nomination.


Afcon draw reveals intriguing groups

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations picture was finally revealed with a draw held in Libreville which placed the 16 teams into four intriguing groups. It promises to be an interesting tournament with mouth watering games lined up. We certainly hope you will be booking your tickets soon and start preparing for Africa’s biggest soccer showcase.

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Term-limit changes the biggest threat to democracy in Africa?

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (92) is famous for quirky responses when asked why he has stayed in power since 1980. Asked by journalists whether it isn’t time he said farewell to the people of Zimbabwe, he replied: ‘Why, where are they going?’ On a serious note, he also angrily told journalists who asked about his decades-long presidency: ‘Have you ever asked the Queen that question, or is it just for African leaders?’ According to Mugabe: ‘Only God who appointed me can remove me’. Are term-limit changes a threat to democracy in Africa?