AFCON 2017 kick off amid same old discontent

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The Afcon begins next week against a backdrop of civil struggle in host nation Gabon and ever more loud protests from European clubs about the tournament taking away key players inside through their season.

On the footballing front, the Ivory Coast explore to defend their title, Egypt bid to revive former glories and tiny Guinea Bissau aim to continue their imaginary run.

Threesome are among 16 countries at the biennial tournament played at four places across the oil-rich central African country, which only months ago was beset by civil struggle after a disputed election and kept President Ali Bongo in power amid allegations of widespread deception.

The possibility of more complaint around the tournament, which will bring an international limelight the country rarely enjoys, means the likelihood of stifling security as a backdrop to what is supposed to be a celebration of African soccer 2017.

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AFCON 2017 kick off amid same old discontent
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AFCON 2017 kick off amid same old discontent
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The Afcon begins next week against a backdrop of civil struggle in host nation Gabon and ever more loud protests from European clubs about the tournament taking away key players inside through their season.
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