Friday, February fourteenth, the   UN says at least 22 people have been killed in a village in the Northwest region of Cameroon. Over half of those killed were children. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident but the opposition parties blame the killing on the government.

MRI test puts 14 Cameroonian footballers exposed for age fraud

Fourteen Cameroonian footballers suspected of having reduced their age to participate in the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) were suspended by the country’s federation (Fecafoot).

“Fourteen players have just been exposed by an Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test after they were pre-selected to participate in the junior AFCON to be held in Madagascar in 2017,” the Cameroonian state radio CRTV announced on Tuesday.

The results of the test revealed that the footballers were older than 17, contrary to what they claim, CRTV added without elaborating on the actual age of the players.

In total, forty young players have undergone the tests on June 30 and July 1 in the capital Yaounde.

In Cameroon, as in many African countries, cases of young athletes lying about their age to boost their careers are common.

Big stars in Africa including Senegalese El Hadji Diouf, Nigerians Jay-Jay Okocha and Kanu, as well as Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o have been accused of reducing their ages to continue playing actively.

The cadet team of the Indomitable Lions is currently training in Yaounde in preparation for the U-17 AFCON which will begin in August.


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