With few days to the commencement of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon, one of the major factors that will play a key role in the success of the competition, are the host cities earmarked by the organisation for the various group matches.
The GNA Sports takes a look at each of the four venues for the competition.
Libreville: Libreville is the capital and largest city in Gabon, in the West Central part of Africa, with a population of about 695,000.
The Stade d’Angondjé, is a stadium in Angondjé, a suburb of Libreville in Gabon. It is referred to as Stade de l’Amitié.
It is one of four Gabonese stadia to be used for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and will host the grand final of the competition with a capacity 40,000 people.
The originality of the stadium is its metal structure in an arc of 320 meters long, the largest in Africa and covers an area of over 36,000 meter square.
Franceville Stadium (formerly Stadium Renovation), is a stage of soccer of Gabon based in Franceville with a capacity of 22,000 seats to host group B matches.
It is the 3rd largest stadium in the country after the stage of Sino-Gabonese Friendship (formerly named the stadium Agondjé) and Omar Bongo stadium in Libreville . It serves as terrain for FC Franceville.
The stadium was expanded to accommodate the matches of the African Cup of Nations Football 2012 with beautiful seat decorated in green, blue and yellow colors (national color of Gabon).
It has the capacity to accommodate four teams simultaneously in its locker rooms.
The stadium Oyem is a Football construction located in Oyem in Gabon.
It has a capacity of 20,031 seats and will host group C matches.
Construction began in 2015 and is completed to host matches of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations come January 14.
Stade de Port-Gentil is a stadium that will be used for the first time during the African Nations Cup in 2017. The stadium is located in Port-Gentil, Gabon and accommodates 20,000 spectators and will host five of the six matches of group D and also some matches in the knock-out phase.