An age-cheating scandal has once again rocked Africa, this time in Cameroon. Here is what happened and what the president of the country's football federation, Samuel Eto'o, has done.
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The chief of the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) recently banished 21 U17 players after they failed MRI tests.
The players were set to compete at this year's UNIFACC tournament, a competition that sees the U17 sides of the Central African Football Federations' Union go up against each other, before being disqualified.
In a statement released earlier this week, FECAFOOT confirmed the action they have taken to counter the age fraud that has caused a stir in the country's youth sector.
"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," it read.
"They were immediately removed from the group. Steps were immediately taken for their replacement.
"This action is the result of strict instructions given by the President of FECAFOOT acting under the mandate of the COMEX, in order to put an end to the tampering with civil status records which have, in the past, tarnished the image of the apex body of the Cameroon football.
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"FECAFOOT urges all actors, in particular educators, to ensure that the ages by category are respected."
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