By Franck Felix Gutenberg, US Africa News. Updated 2016-03-31
Gabon, host of the 31st African Cup of Nations football (ACN- 2017) , announced Friday the official mascot of the competition, “Samba” the black panther in a ceremony at Franceville . The ceremony took place in the presence of numerous personalities from international football
Friday morning before the ceremony in the stadium of the city, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba met the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino , and that of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) . "Football , more than any other sport, promotes cohesion and affirms the equality of all in the effort. values that are at the heart of my vision for Gabon , "said the Head of State . Mr. Infantino , very attached to the development of football on the continent, ending in Gabon after South Sudan , Ethiopia and Djibouti 's first mainland tour.
In the stage decked in the national colors by thousands of supporters came to cheer their team , the Black Panther Samba made his first steps as a standard bearer of the biggest sporting event on the continent. symbol of power and grace , she will accompany players in all fraternity and the public on the lawns of the feat , qualifying current until the finals held in Libreville, Franceville and Port-Gentil Oyem 14 January to 5 February 2017 .
" Yellow jersey , blue shorts, claws out and thumbs up , feline ambassador of CAN will federate all the energies and passions ," according to the text.
The mascot travels to meet people in the neighborhood Potos Franceville , as part of a free concert punctuated with animations.