AFCON kicks off as hosts Gabon face debutants Guinea-Bissau


The 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off today in Gabon, with the hosts taking on debutants Guinea-Bissau.

The tournament will see 32 matches played over a period of 23 days, featuring 16 teams that will begin their quest for glory pooled into four groups.

Hosts Gabon are favorites going into today’s game, boasting of the services of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

AFCON has grown steadily over a period of 60 years to become the continent’s biggest sporting event.

The first edition of AFCON took place in 1957 in Sudan, with only three teams participating. Egypt went on to win the event.

This year’s edition will see some of the best footballing talents in the world feature.

Players like Sadio Mane (Senegal), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire), striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Mohamed Salah (Egypt) are just but a few of the big name stars that will grace the showpiece.

The finals of the tournament will be played on February 5, and the winner will take home $4 million.