FIFA president Gianni Infantino is set to visit 2017 Africa Cup hosts Gabon.
Infantino is currently on a three-day trip to Africa with his first stop begin Juba, South Sudan, the first FIFA member nation he is officially visiting since his election in February.
Ethiopia and Benin will be Infantino’s other stops.
CAN 2017 organizing committee said in a statement that Infantino will be in Gabon on Friday to witness the launch of next years tournament mascot.
“Recently elected president of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino will travel to Franceville this Friday, March 25th 2016, in order to attend the launch of the official mascot of the CAN 2017, on the occasion of the game between Gabon and Sierra Leone counting for the 3rd day of qualifying for the CAN 2017, the final phase is scheduled in Gabon from 14th of January to 5th of February 2017,” the statement read.
“Gianni Infantino is very attached to the African continent, and wishes to honour by his presence the hosting nation of the next CAN 2017.
“Gabon is proud to welcome him in his new position and to present the official mascot of the CAN 2017, which officially launches preparations for the 31th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.”