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2012 Africa Cup of Nations
Tournament details
Host countries  Gabon
 Equatorial Guinea
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)

The 2012 African Cup of Nations will be the 28th edition of the African Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF). It will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.[1] The two countries won the right to host the tournament after defeating a Nigerian bid along with two other bid winning nations, Angola and Libya. Bids from Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Senegal were rejected. For the first time in CAF history, the hosts of three successive tournaments were chosen at the same time; Angola was chosen to host in 2010, Gabon/Equatorial Guinea were chosen as hosts for the 2012 cup and Libya for the 2014 edition. Nigeria was chosen as a stand-by host in the event that one of the chosen nations were to become unsuitable.


Bids shortlist

Five countries were put on the shortlist to host the tournament including one joint bid.


On 3 September the qualification process begins. In the end, 14 national teams will have qualified for the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.[2]


Qualified teams

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament
 Gabon 00Hosts 0329 July 2007 4 (1994,1996,2000,2010)
 Equatorial Guinea 01Hosts 0025 July 2007 0

Teams Excluded

  •  Togo were banned from the 2012 and 2014 African Cup of Nations tournaments by CAF following their withdrawal from the 2010 tournament.


Stadium Name City Capacity
Stade Omar Bongo Gabon Libreville 45,000 (after renovations)
Stade Pierre Claver Divounguy Gabon Port-Gentil 20,000 (after renovations)
Nuevo Estadio de Malabo Equatorial Guinea Malabo 15,000
Estadio La Libertad Equatorial Guinea Bata 10,000

Equatorial Guinea will host the opening game with Gabon hosting the rest of the tournament.[3]



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