The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Leopards, who were eliminated during the qualifiers, could finally play in the next African Cup of Nations in Cameroon at the expense of Gabon. The Congolese Football Federation has lodged a complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against Gabon for impersonating Guélor Kanga, who is allegedly of Congolese origin.
After the elimination of the Leopards of the DRC by the Panthers of Gabon (3-0), in Franceville, during the 5th and penultimate day of group D, the Congolese Federation of Football (FECOFA), has filed a reservation relating to Guélor Kanga. The 30-year-old midfielder, who already has 46 caps for Gabon, is accused of identity theft and with administrative documents in support.
The Congolese Football Federation believes that the member of Red Star Belgrade (Serbian D1), born according to his current passport on 1 September 1990 in Oyem, is actually Kiaku Kiaku Kiangana, born on 5 October 1985 in Kinshasa. In an interview broadcast on the YouTube channel Congo Revolution News and since removed from the video-sharing site, the player confirmed that he was born in the DRC.
He was the author of two assists in Gabon’s 3-0 win over Congo, but is said to have falsified his identity by taking Gabonese nationality in 2000 under pressure from his coach at the time, who was anxious to get round the rules limiting the number of foreign players. Involved in the Gabonese national team since 2012, Guélor Kanga had also exceeded the time limit required by FIFA (to have lived for at least 5 years after his majority in the country of adoption, editor’s note) to obtain a change of sporting nationality.
While waiting for the CAF verdict, the Congolese Football Federation (FECOFA) remains serene, unlike its Gabonese counterpart, which seems guilty of forgery and use of forged administrative documents presented by its player (Guélor Kanga) and non-compliance with the FIFA procedure relating to his change of sports nationality.