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Gabon kit manager arrested over sex abuse allegations

A member of Gabon national team, Serge Mombo, was arrested at Libreville international airport moments after the team returned from the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

Mombo was a designated kit man during the tournament in Cameroon. They were knocked out of the competition in the last 16 by Burkina Faso on Sunday.

According to BBC Africa the arrest is part of the Gabonese government’s inquiry into alleged widespread sexual abuse in football following allegations reported by a British newspaper.

Mombo has denied any wrongdoing.

Five members of Gabon’s football community have now been arrested following allegations made against of them of raping and sexually abusing minors.

These include Patrick Eyi, a former coach of Gabon’s national Under-17 team as well as three local lower-tier coaches.

Prior to December’s arrest of Capello – who denies allegations he raped and sexually abused young footballers – Gabon’s Sports Ministry had said the sexual abuse of minors in the country by multiple accused perpetrators could number hundreds of alleged victims.

He is accused of sexually abusing young players and demanding sex as a condition of them securing places in national teams.

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