The African Cup of Nations 2012 – China’s goals

  • Hermanno Ndenguino-Mpira


The kick-off at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea has been made. Both countries co-host the 28th African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2012) between 21 January and 12 February 2012. It is the first time for both countries to host a big international sports event – and the biggest soccer event on the continent will make Gabon and Equatorial-Guinea the centres of attention for a large part of the African population. Gabon‟s government made investments in the scope of €370 million, spent on equipment for the competition, inter alia for stadiums, hotels, and transport system. Moreover, the country has had the financial and technical support of, amongst others, China. Even if China cannot participate in the Cup itself, it is still scoring goals with the event.