Scandal As 11 More Cameroon U17 Players Fail Tests Ordered by Eto’o

Scandal As 11 More Cameroon U17 Players Fail Tests Ordered by Eto’o

Babajide Orevba
  • Samuel Eto’o is desperate to eradicating the age-cheating problem in Cameroonian football
  • The FECAFOOT president ordered MRI tests be conducted on all players in the youth teams
  • 21 players were earlier disqualified for failing the test, with 11 more having failed tests since

Age fraud continues to rock Cameroon football, as 11 more under-17 team members have failed tests ordered by FECAFOOT president, Samuel Eto’o.

This brings the total number of players involved in the controversy to 32, as Cameroon continues to prepare for the UNIFACC tournament - contested by the U17 sides of the Central African Football Federations' Union countries.

It is believed that Eto’o ordered all players selected to play for the country’s youth teams to undergo MRI tests, to determine if their ages are as claimed.

Samuel Eto'o Cameroon, FECAFOOT
Samuel Eto'o has ordered that all players in Cameroon's youth teams undergo MRI tests. Photo: BEN STANSALL.
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The former Indomitable Lions captain is desperate to deal with the incessant problem of age-cheating in the country, as he earlier ordered the disqualification 21 players.

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BBC Sport Africa reports that the 11 new players were called up as replacements but also failed MRI tests, leaving coach Jean Pierre Fiala struggling to make numbers.

FECAFOOT said, via Daily Mail:

"The Cameroonian Football Federation informs public opinion that as part of the preparations for the UNIFFAC Limbe 2023 tournament, qualifying for the next African U17 Nations Championship, 21 players out of the 30 currently on training have failed at the outcome of the MRI tests.”

Age-cheating bombshell rocks Liberia

Meanwhile, the under-17 men's national team of Liberia has been ejected from the qualifiers for the 2023 U17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, set to take place this April in Algeria.

Two players in the team reportedly failed an MRI scan, which was undertaken in line with regulations by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Liberian Sports Minister, Zeogar Wilson said the incident had brought shame to the country and further called on those responsible to be held accountable.

Ghana's vice reacts to age-cheating

Sports Brief earlier reported that Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-President of Ghana, said age-cheating in football will decrease if sportsmen and women undergo a formal registration.

In recent years, the West African nation has issued a new system making use of an identification card - dubbed the 'Ghana card'.

According to Dr Bawumia, having male and female sports players get this card could help stem the tide of age fraud scandals.