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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 March 2006, 16:49 GMT
Cameroon bans local age cheats
Mohammed Iya
Mohammed Iya wants age cheating to stop

The Cameroon Football Federation, Fecafoot, has banned two division one players for two years each, in its war against age cheats.

Essomba William Rene of Aigle Royal de la Menoua and Mvondo Nna Emmanuel Olivier of Bamboutos Mbouda, were also found guilty of changing their names.

Because of the general belief of wide-spread age tampering in Cameroon, Fecafoot has computerised the process of issuing licences to players in order to stamp out the problem.

And at the beginning of each season, there is strict checking to catch out frauds.

It was during this verification process that it was discovered that Essomba William had changed his name to Titi Essomba.

Worse still, Essomba, had changed his date of birth from 2 January 1981 to 23 May 1986.

Mvondo Nna on his part is now simply known as Mvondo Olivier, born on 21 November 1989, instead of 21 November 1980.

Fecafoot say they are determined to stamp out the rampant change of identity by footballers, who are sometimes pushed into the offence by parents and club officials.

"We are determined on eradicating this evil that is tarnishing our image", Mohammed Iya, Fecafoot president told BBC Sport.

"We have told players never to attempt changing their identity because once they have been registered in our computerised system because it will be very easy for us to catch cheats."

"This is the first step towards severe punishment for culprits."

Meanwhile two other players, Olivier Vascomo and Ernest Tchoupe have been suspended for a year each, for signing to play for two clubs in the 2006 season which is one month old.

Cameroon bans cheats
14 Mar 05 |  African


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