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AFCON 2012 Mascot To Be Presented In February

The 2012 African Cup of Nations Local Organising Committee (Cocan) members have announced that the tournament’s mascot named GAGUI – short for Gabon and Guinea – would be presented on Feb.12 at different ceremonies taking place in both host nations – Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, according a report published Wednesday by Gabonews.

The Cocan secretariat said decisions reached by members from both countries during a joint meeting held in Franceville, Gabon last week would be submitted to the Confederation of African Football on Jan.28 in Cairo.

Ticket prices were also discussed during the meeting. It is still too early to fix prices but members agreed on the need to adopt moderate amounts, taking into consideration the modest purchasing power of the populations of both countries, according to reports.

The committee also agreed to implement the standards imposed by CAF on the capacity of stadiums: 40 000 seats for the opening and final matches, while the semi-finals will be held in Libreville and Bata (Equatorial Guinea) and third place match in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).

As regards to the system of issuing accreditations, a unique service will be adopted by both countries, the organising committee said.

The Cocan members toured several sites still under construction at the end of the meeting, noting that CAF’s deadline for preparations would likely be met.

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