The Africa Cup of Nations opened Saturday in the Gabonese capital Libreville. It is the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the prestigious continental football competition.
The Africa Cup of Nations 2017 promises to be very interesting as sixteen teams clash in 32 matches to determine the best of the best in the continent.
There was fireworks and gymnastic display at the stadium to usher in the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Top international and African musicians thrilled the continent at the opening ceremony that was watched from the 40,000 seater Stade de l’Amitie by millions of people worldwide.
Franco-Senegalese rapper Booba was the star turn and thrilled spectators at the opening ceremony.
Gabonese President Ali Bongo declared the tournament officially open. He was accompanied by his counterpart from Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, and Issa Hayatou, the veteran head of the Confederation of African Football among other CAF, FIFA and sporting personalities at the 40,000-capacity stadium.
The opening ceremony end with the first match of the competition between Gabon and Guinea-Bissau at 1600 GMT and the game ended 1-1.