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Ten players who lied about their age

Tobie Mimboe
Tobie Mimboe (Senegal) – caught age-cheating on numerous occasions

With a certain African footballer playing in Europe recently being accused of lying about his age and identity, here are 10 infamous cases of players who were caught age-cheating.

It was reported by Africa Top Sports in April that Red Star Belgrade midfielder Guelor Kanga could find himself in serious trouble over concerns about his real age and identity. The publication claimed that Kanga, who has made 35 appearances for Gabon, was actually born in DR Congo and is five years older than he says he is.

This, however, has been refuted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), who stated last week, according to BBC Sport, that it “did not notice any irregularities in the eligibility of the player in question and his registration with CAF” and that its “disciplinary panel rejects purely and simply the complaint by Fecofa (DR Congo Football Federation”.

Kanga has been a key player for Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, having scored an impressive 21 goals and assisted a further 34 strikes in 96 appearances across two spells with the club.

While the investigation might not be over yet, there are a number of other players who were found to be lying about their age, such as the bizarre case of Indian footballer Gourav Mukhi, who was caught claiming to be 12 years younger than he really was.

Gourav Mukhi
Gourav Mukhi (India) – claimed to be 16 years old, but was 28 years old
Tobie Mimboe
Tobie Mimboe (Senegal) – caught age-cheating on numerous occasions

 

Carlos Alberto
Carlos Alberto (Brazil) – claimed to be five years younger than he was
Fortune Chukwudi
Fortune Chukwudi (Nigeria) – said he was over-age when playing for Nigeria at the U17 FIFA World Cup in 2009
Angel Cheme
Angel Cheme (Ecuador) – claimed to be three years younger than he was, also lied about his real name
Seuntjie Motlhajwa
Seuntjie Motlhajwa (South Africa) – claimed to be two years younger than he actually was
Sibusiso Mzizi
Sibusiso Mzizi (South Africa) – used a fake passport to lie about his age by five years
Yusupha Yaffa
Yusupha Yaffa (Gambia) – claimed to be 19 years old, but was alleged to be 28 years old
Guirane N’Daw
Guirane N’Daw (Senegal) – admitted to lying about his age after he retired
Meschack Elia
Meschack Elia (DR Congo) – admitted to lying about his age

Source: SoccerLaduma

 

Written by Talks Ghana Media

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