Horrifying Sexual Abuse Allegations Rock Several African Football and Sports Federations

Horrifying Sexual Abuse Allegations Rock Several African Football and Sports Federations

Keba Mothoagae
  • African football has been brought into disrepute after several cases of alleged sexual abuse on the continent
  • The latest instance of this scourge has been revealed to have happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The shocking claims have come at a time when FIFA is acting on serious allegations of abuse of minors

Sexual abuse allegations are being revealed at an alarming rate within African football circles.

The latest incident has occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Herve Guy Ngoyo Ngon and Pierre-Alain Mounguengui are believed to be in big trouble. Image source: Handisport and The Guardian.
Source: UGC

BBC Africa Sport reported that former football coach, Jonathan Bukabakwa has been provisionally suspended for five months after FIFA's ethics committee launched an investigation into the sexual abuse of minors.

He was one five individuals who were the focus of the probe.

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This follows the embarrassing debacle which occurred when Gabonese Football Federation president, Pierre-Alain Mounguengui was placed in six months of preventive custody for allegedly turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children within football structures across the country, as per The Guardian.

It was the latest in a litany of such allegations, which continue to bring sport in Africa into disrepute.

In this instance, Herve Guy Ngoyo Ngon, a president of several branches of the Cameroonian Paralympic Committee, has been accused of sexual assault.

Ngon, who has offered a rebuttal to the claims, has since been placed on suspension while an investigation into his alleged conduct takes place.

Abuse allegations rock Zambian football

This is not the first time Sports Brief has reported on such matters. Allegations of sexual abuse through coercion emerged within Zambian football's higher echelons.

A report claimed high-placed officials within the country's FA solicited 'favours' from players in exchange for selection for the country's senior female football team.

While there was no concrete proof of the allegations at the time, the Zambian Football Association has asked those with further information on the claims to come forward.

The Copper Queens have had a year to remember, claiming a bronze medal at the 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations last July and qualifying for the 2023 FIFA World Cup.