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.”
FIFA honours Osimhen after amazing season with Napoli
Following his record-breaking season with Napoli where he scored 26 goals to win the Serie A top scorer award, Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen has been honoured by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).
The world football governing body Tuesday presented Osimhen with a customized jersey and soccer ball for his “superb displays for Napoli in the 2022/23 season,” which led to Napoli winning the Scudetto after a 33-year wait, according to an official of FIFA, Gelson Fernandes, in a “special message” to the 24-year-old Nigerian forward.
“Victor Osimhen, you represent at the moment what football can do,” Fernandes wrote in an Instagram post.
“From Lagos to Napoli where people love you, you have suffered, but your love for football and determination have guided you.
“Keep going, keep pushing. Africa needs examples and millions are watching and dreaming.”
Osimhen became the first African to win the highest goal scorer award, while also becoming the first player since Zlatan Ibrahimovic to win both the Capocannoniere and the Scudetto in the same season, a record which has stood for 14 long years.
His horde of honours was also enhanced with a National Award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic bestowed on him by former Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Tunisian tennis star, Ons Jabeur zooms into French Open quarter-finals
Tunisian tennis sensation, Ons Jabeur took a step further in her quest to win the 2023 French Open Grand Slam when she defeated World number 36, Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-1 to zoom into the quarter-finals.
Jabeur, ranked number 7 in the world, and who only won her first WTA 1000 title at the Madrid Open last year, has since then been facing a downward slide coupled with injuries which saw her either missing out on some tournaments or crashing out in early rounds.
However, the 28-year-old who became the first ever African woman to reach a Grand Slam final last year, was at her best when she defeated Pera to move to the next stage on Monday night.
Though Jabeur was not at her fluent best and was herself broken three times in the first set and at the start of the second set, she still raced through the final six games, sealing victory in 63 minutes.
“I never thought about something was missing or I didn’t reach all four of them,” the African said after the match.
“Maybe it’s a good thing. It came and hopefully, we’ll set it to all semi-finals and then all finals,” she added.
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