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Gabonese Football Federation president arrested for failure to report pedophilia crime



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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Professional Fighters League names Cameroonian fighter Ngannou new Africa boss



The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has named Cameroonian Mix Martial Arts fighter, Francis Ngannou, as its African chief.

The announcement which was made during the unveiling of the African chapter of the PFL in Lagos, Nigeria also saw PFL Africa joining PFL Europe and PFL MENA as part of PFL’s network of regional leagues that is becoming the Champions League of MMA.

“The Professional Fighters League is excited to announce PFL Africa, the third international fight franchise as we continue on our path to becoming the Champions League of MMA,” PFL CEO, Peter Murray, said during the ceremony.

“Africa is home to some of the greatest fighters in the world, including our league Chairman Francis Ngannou and some of the greatest fans in the sport.

“PFL Africa aims to serve the great fans with premium content while strengthening the PFL global footprint in what has for too long been an underserved market.

“Alongside our great investment and broadcast partners we cannot wait to kick off PFL Africa League action in 2025.

“PFL is a global powerhouse in MMA and is regarded as the fastest-growing sports league worldwide.

“PFL Africa will introduce an engaging sport-season format with a regular season, playoffs and championship featuring top African fighters with all events, for the first time, hosted in Africa,” Murray said.

On his part, Ngannou stated, “I am excited and honoured to serve as Chairman of PFL Africa, a league that will shape the very foundation of African MMA.

“As we have seen, there is a great wealth of talent in Africa just waiting to be given the global stage. I am so proud to give back to my homeland and to provide great content to a region with such a passionate and diverse fanbase.”

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Eritrean cyclist Girmay nicks third Tour de France victory



Eritrean cyclist, Biniam Girmay, has created another record after he cycled to his third victory at this year’s Tour de France in a mass dash for the line on Thursday to extend his lead in the sprint points race.

The history-making Girmay who became the first black African to win a stage on the Tour on the third day of this year’s edition at Turin, was again first on stage eight with his third triumph so far.

In the race which also had Yellow Shirt holder Tadej Pogacar who fell off few meters to the finish line, Girmay proved fastest in a bunched sprint finish in stage 12 as he topped the podium ahead of Wout van Aert and Pascal Ackermann.

Girmay now has 328pts to Jasper Philipsen’s 217 with few real sprint stages remaining, with the exception of the one on Friday.

In achieving the feat, Grimay also extended his lead in the green jersey points battle, opening up a likely unassailable 111-point advantage over Jasper Philipsen.

After the race, Girmay, 24, who rides force Intermarche-Wanty, said:

“The green jersey gives me wings – I feel super fast. It’s in the head. I’ve had my ups and downs in recent seasons but I changed things this year and it’s working.”

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