Off the pitch, there could be serious fallout for the host nation. President Ali Bongo hoped to unite the country with the tournament. But opposition supporters are accusing him of electoral fraud in last year's poll.
The Africa Cup (AFCON) starts in Gabon on Saturday. Political instability and an economic crisis could take its toll on the tournament, but the government is hoping for an image boost abroad nonethless.
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is over, Cameroon are the champions. But what is left for the politically divided and financially stricken country of Gabon? DW's Adrian Kriesch reports from Libreville.
As the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations enters its decisive phase, the tournament remains controversial in its host country. According to critics, its only purpose is to distract attention from Gabon's huge social problems.
Violence erupted in Gabon for a second day after President Ali Bongo was declared winner of last week's election. Analysts say the international community should have foreseen the present political impasse.
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