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Gabon to host the 2017 African Nations Cup

Gabon co-hosted the 2012 tournament. Credit: PA

Gabon will host the 2017 African Nations Cup, the Confederation for African Football has announced.

The Central Africa nation had been vying with Ghana and Algeria for the right to host the tournament but attracted the highest number of votes from the CAF Executive Committee.

Gabon are no strangers to staging the event, having co-hosted the 2012 edition with Equatorial Guinea.


Video: Former Arsenal forward scores for Ivory Coast

Roma forward Gervinho gave the Ivory Coast a 2-1 lead at the interval against DR Congo in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.

Watch the opening two goals online and tune into ITV4 for the second-half. Online here.

Ghana cruise into Africa Cup of Nations last four

Ghana reached a fifth successive African Nations Cup semi-final as they breezed past Guinea 3-0 in Malabo.

Ghana made light work of Guinea in their quarter-final win. Credit: Reuters

Avram Grant's Black Stars will now play hosts Equatorial Guinea on Thursday after Christian Atsu scored twice and Kwesi Appiah added another to complete a routine win.

Guinea's misery was completed when goalkeeper Naby Yattara, who had been booked in the first half for shoving Atsu, rushed out of his goal in the fourth minute of injury time and was sent off for flattening Asamoah Gyan with a wild kick.

Watch all the goals and highlights of Ivory Coast v Algeria at 11pm on ITV4.


Equatorial Guinea pull off controversial late comeback

Javier Balboa was the hero for Equatorial Guinea as his curling extra-time free-kick sealed their place in the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup with a dramatic 2-1 win over Tunisia.

Equatorial Guinea staged a controversial late comeback. Credit: Reuters

Balboa had sent the match into extra time after he scored a controversial penalty which was awarded to the tournament hosts in the last minute of normal time after Ivan Bolado appeared to have dived in the box.

The amazing turnaround came after Ahmed Akaichi broke the deadlock in the 70th minute to put Tunisia 1-0 up and they looked on course to qualify until the biggest drama came as hosts were awarded a controversial penalty in the last minute.

Bolado dribbled into the area and fell under a nothing challenge from Ali Maaloul, and the referee did not hesitate in pointing to the spot. Balboa stepped up to take the spot kick, and Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi, with lasers shining in his eyes courtesy of the partisan home crowd, dived the wrong way as the game went into extra time.

Tunisia's players chased the referee off after extra time. Credit: Reuters

The Estoril striker then broke Tunisian hearts when he launched a curling free-kick from 25 yards which put his side ahead for the first time in the match. Ovono denied Maaloul from a free-kick from similar range in the second period of extra time, then went down injured again as the tension increased further.

The referee lost control of the match as scuffles broke out between the two benches, but then quickly blew the final whistle to confirm Equatorial Guinea's progression to the final four.

Watch highlights on ITV4 tonight at 11pm.

DR Congo stage remarkable comeback

Joël Kimwaki Mpela celebrates the winnner. Credit: Reuters

Jeremy Bokila netted a second-half brace as DR Congo claimed a remarkable 4-2 comeback victory over Congo to reach the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup at Estadio de Bata on Saturday.

Congo took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals after the break from Ferebory Dore and Koulossa Thievy before Dieumerci Mbokani pulled one back and Bolika's double sandwiched Joel Kimwaki's header to complete the comeback.

The win sees the Leopards reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1998, where they will play Ivory Coast or Algeria.

Watch all the goals and highlights from Tunisia v Equatorial Guinea on ITV4 tonight at 11pm.

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