The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has launched an investigation into the case of Gabon national team player Joel Kanga falsifying his real age, as official documents indicate that he was born in 1990, while his mother died in 1986.
The Red Star Belgrade star is expected to meet with the Disciplinary Committee of the Confederation of African Football to defend himself and explain his birth 4 years after the death of his mother.
This came after it was proven that Kanga’s mother died in 1986, while the documents he submitted said that he was born in 1990, that is, 4 years after her death, which means forgery of the documents.
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Roots of the issue
The case first emerged in 2021, when the Congolese Football Federation accused Kanga of falsifying his nationality and manipulating his age.
The Congolese Football Federation filed a lawsuit against the player for lying about his date of birth as well.
The Congolese Federation also accused its Gabonese counterpart, in 2021, of fielding a player of Congolese origin in the match that brought together the two teams, in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers last March 2021, and ended with Gabon winning 3-0, a result that eliminated Congo from the qualifiers.
Gabon national team player Guélor Kanga Kaku will be meeting CAF disciplinary committee to explain why his mother died in 1986 but he was born in 1990. pic.twitter.com/ixguz52MaQ
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According to the Congolese prosecution, Kanga, who has been playing for the Gabon national team since 2012, is of Congolese origin, and forged his nationality, perhaps with the help of the Gabonese Federation.
The Congolese Federation submitted documents indicating that Kanga was born in 1985 in the city of Kinshasa to Congolese parents, contrary to what his current nationality indicates, which claims that he was born in the city of Oyem, in 1990.
The Federation also provided evidence indicating the death of Kanga’s mother, in 1986, in the city of Kinshasa, that is, 4 years before his date of birth on his Gabonese identity papers.
Kanga claims that he was born in 1990, but he previously indicated the date of his mother's death, which indicates fraud in his official date of birth.
While official documents say that the player is 33 years old, recent facts indicate that he is over 38 years old.
The player's passport indicates that he was born on September 1, 1990, but according to the Congolese Federation, his date of birth is October 5, 1985.
The Serbian Red Star midfielder may face sanctions from the local Football Association for tampering with administrative matters if this charge is proven against Kanga.