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Gabonese Football Federation president arrested for failure to report pedophilia crime

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The President of the Gabonese Football Federation (Fégafoot), Pierre-Alain Mounguengui, has been arrested and indicted of “failure to report crimes of pedophilia” in a case of alleged sexual assault of hundreds of children by football coaches and officials under his watch, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Mounguengui, who was arrested earlier in the day has been placed under a committal order in the capital Libreville pending when he will be charged to court.

According to the lawyer, Charles-Henri Gey, Mounguengui, 64, who was re-elected president of the Fégafoot at the end of April, “has been indicted for not denouncing crimes of paedophilia, which he disputes.

“He has been placed under a committal order and we have requested his provisional release. Mr Mounguengui is accused of having covered up the alleged assaults committed by national team and club coaches and officials.

“This case is only a pretext for Pierre-Alain Mounguengui to be no longer president of the Fégafoot,” Gey said.

The scandal, which was first revealed by authoritative British daily, The Guardian, in December 2021 after an intensive underground investigation, broke when the then coach of the country’s U-17 national team, Patrick Assoumou Eyi, was jailed after being accused of hundreds of rapes and sexual assaults on children for whom he was responsible in his duties for several years.

Since Assoumou’s  Eyi arrest and conviction, two club coaches, Orphée Mickala and Triphel Mabicka, have also been indicted on the same charges and jailed with all three men facing up to 30 years in prison.

While world football body, Fifa, opened a disciplinary investigation on Tuesday targeting the three coaches accused of pedophilia as well as Mounguengui, Gabon’s Sports Minister, Franck Nguema, confirmed that Assoumou Eyi “allegedly abused hundreds of young boys in the course of his duties.”

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CAF postpones 2023 Afcon to January 2024 due to weather concerns

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has postponed the 34th edition of the African Nations Cup (AFCON), which was scheduled to hold between June to July of 2023 in Ivory Coast, to January and February, 2024.

The reason for the postponement, according to CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, is due to concerns over weather conditions in the West African country which experiences heavy rainfall during the period.

While addressing the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday, Motsepe said the decision was also to align the continent with the European football calendars.

Motsepe also said the decision was further motivated by weather concerns following a report by the Ivorian Meteorological Agency which predicted heavy rainfall in many parts of the country designated for the tournament.

The agency, in a report presented to CAF, had noted that Ivory Coast which has a tropical climate, has the peak of its rain season between June and July and most parts of the country is always at the height of the rainy season.

This is the second time the AFCON will be rescheduled at the beginning of the year since it was moved from January/February to June/July by former CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.

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Nigerian ‘Last Stylebender’, Israel Adesanya, beats Jarred Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title

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Nigerian fighter, Israel Adesanya, “the Last Stylebender” , has retained his UFC middleweight title with a win via unanimous decision.

Judges scored the bout 49-46, 49-46, 50-45, all in favour of the Nigeria’s over his challenger, Jarred Cannonier in the UFC 276 bout which took place at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada this morning.

The 32-year-old Nigerian has now defended his middleweight championship for the fourth time after he defeated Kelvin for his middleweight interim title in 2019.

The ‘Last Stylebender’ he has defeated the likes of Robert Whitaker, Martin Vettori, Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero including his win against Jarod Cannonier.

Adesanya is one of top fighters of African descent in the UCF, the list includes Abu Azaitar was given the nickname Gladiator who holds a 14-1 MMA record, Sodiq Yusuff and Kamaru Usman who are both Nigeria and Cameroonian, Francis Ngannou, nickname: Predator.

Adesanya is reportedly set to a guaranteed purse of $1.8million from the fight after he earned around $1.1million in his last bout against Martin Vettori. UFC will earn approximately $82.5million from PPV sales and Israel will receive 30% of the PPV shares which could make this the highest earnings of his career.

 

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