The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has launched an investigation into the case of Gabon national team player Joel Kanga who falsified his true age, with official documents showing that he was born in 1990 and that his mother died in 1986.
The Red Star Belgrade star is expected to meet CAF's disciplinary committee to defend himself and explain how he was born four years after his mother's death.
It turned out that Kanga's mother died in 1986, and the documents he submitted showed that he was born in 1990, four years after her death, meaning the documents were forged.
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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 has filed a lawsuit against the player for lying about his date of birth.
The Congolese Football Association also accused the Gabonese Football Association of sending a Congolese player to participate in a match between two teams in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers in March 2021. Gabon eventually won 3-0, and the Congolese team was eliminated from the qualifiers.
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According to Congolese prosecutors, Kanga, who has played for the Gabon national team since 2012, is of Congolese descent and may have falsified his nationality with the help of the Gabonese Football Association.
Documents submitted by the Congolese federation indicate that Kanga was born in Kinshasa in 1985 to Congolese parents, contrary to what his current nationality suggests, which states that he was born in Oyem in 1990.
The federation also presented evidence that Kanga's mother died in Kinshasa in 1986, four years before the date of birth listed on his Gabonese identity card.
Kanga claimed he was born in 1990, but he had previously noted the date of his mother's death, suggesting his official date of birth was fraudulent.
Although official documents indicate that the player is 33 years old, recent facts indicate that he is over 38 years old.
The player's passport shows he was born on September 1, 1990, but according to the Congolese Football Federation, his date of birth is October 5, 1985.
If Kanga's accusations are proven, the Serbian Red Star midfielder could face sanctions from the local football federation for tampering with administrative matters.