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7 Cameroonian Athletes Disappear in Britain at the London 2012 Olympics

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The Cameroon Ministry of Sports and Physical Education has announced the disappearance of seven athletes while in Britain for the London 2012 Olympics.

The seven – five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer player – are suspected of having left to stay in Europe for economic reasons.

According to Reuters, “What began as rumour has finally turned out to be true. Seven Cameroonian athletes who participated at the 2012 London Olympic Games have disappeared from the Olympic Village,” David Ojong, the mission head said in a message sent to the ministry.

Ojong said a reserve goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, Drusille Ngako, was the first to disappear. She was not one of the 18 finally retained after pre-Olympic training in Scotland. While her team-mates left for Coventry for their last preparatory encounter against New Zealand, she vanished. A few days later, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and his personal belongings were also not found in his room.

Ojong added that five boxers eliminated from the games, Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, disappeared on Sunday from the Olympic village.

It is not the first time African athletes have disappeared during international sports competitions. Last year, 15 Ethiopian athletes disappeared after competing in the All Africa Games in Mozambique.

Mozambique is a popular transit route for illegal immigrants from Ethiopia, Somalia and central Africa. It was reported that they went to South Africa, in the hope of finding better opportunities.

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

61 Comments

  1. douye

    August 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    LOOOOL…and everybody had their eyes on Nigeria! Very embarrasing.

  2. someone

    August 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    This is just too sad

  3. DiePretty

    August 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    LOl. It would have been so funny if it wasn’t so sad. I expect to hear that some Nigerians disappear too. I really can’t blame them though. Blame it on bad governance.

  4. Kathlin

    August 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Another high hopes waiting to be dashed when they will eventually realise that the UK is infact NOT all as rosey as people pretend make it look. Life for a legal resident and professionally employed is that challenging to get by, talkless of an illegal immgrant who by law isn’t even permitted to work or earn any form of living.
    Good luck to them, ‘cos they certainly will need it.

    Even fake visas and fake residents permits don’t go unfounded these days……at least not for long.

    • ifunaya

      August 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      you sound like one of those ones who secretly wish they could live in the UK but cannot, so would instead name bash the country. London is a free and fair land, work hard, play harder. its why the system isn’t twisted like that of Nig.
      STAY IN NIG!! boko haram amongst the zillions of problems in nig is only just started, soon you’ll be lining up for visa.

    • AC

      August 8, 2012 at 1:48 am

      ifunaya,

      So just because kathlin is warning in advance of the hardship immigrants tend to face when they migrate abroad illegally, you think she is secretly wishing she was in the UK? The way some Nigerians like you reason is appalling. It is not a secret that due to the global economic recession, jobs have become scarce all around the world including the western world.

      If english people are having it difficult finding a job, what do you think will happen to an illegal African immigrant who has no authority to work? Do you know how many of our people are stuck abroad suffering? They can’t start a family, they can’t send money home, they barely have enough money to take care of themselves and out of desperation begin to engage in illegal stuff that get’s them in trouble with the law of their host country.

      So because Nigeria is suffering from boko haram, Nigerians should migrate illegally to other people’s countries shebi? If everyone runs to the western world, who will tackle the menace called boko haram? And once the problem has been solved, Nigerians like you will now want to come back to Nigeria once you are in your sixties and your old body can no longer tolerate the cold harsh european weather.

    • d-real

      August 8, 2012 at 8:02 am

      You sound like English is a problem for you, or maybe you need glasses? Very foolish retort you just made…

    • d-real

      August 8, 2012 at 8:04 am

      And hey, IFUNAYA I’m talking to you.

    • xoxo

      August 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

      The height of ignorance. Please go and educate yourself on the realities of the western world

    • Kathlin

      August 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Ifunanya, I live in London, have lived here for as long as I can remember, very proffessionally employed and very successfully Married with a child, and I’m speaking to you as an insider who knows the way the system operates here in the UK and you’re bashing with your dirty mouth and unexposed self.
      It’s girls like you who come here with all that false hopes, and before 6 months runs out, they already begin to hide from friends seeing them in other to avoid seeing how already wretched they have turned into simply because they negated warnings from insiders like us before they came. Thats why at times I don’t blame the people who live here or anywhere abroad and yet portray lies and false lifes to people back home in Africa. It’s because there are people like you who will open their unwashed mouths to retort.

      Nobody is asking you not to come here, Nobody is asking you not sneak in or abscond and hide ….but be prepared and well informed. Be also informed that Aristo runs no dey here. ‘cos there are girls who are waaay hotter than you who even got their jobs and gainfully employed that are willing to get laid without any thing in return…..’cos from the way you sound, I can almost bet that you’re one of those Naija babes who thrive on aristo runs.

      Come UK come hide na! I pray you’l be the first to be caught and brandished all over BBC news and the papers! *mtsheeeeew*

    • amazeballs!!

      August 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Your comment couldnt have reeked any more than it does of ignorance and a myopic mind! smh

    • obi obi

      August 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      very true… and well spoken…. i guess they will have to find out dem selves..

    • Missy Franklin

      August 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Well said, very well spoken. They have also not thought about access to medical health service and the NHS, where they will be asked to present their passports before registering with the NHS. Or may be they came along with life long supporting medicines that will last all through their period of abscondment?

      As you said, good luck to them, ‘cos they surely will need it 🙂

    • bianca

      August 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      You are absolutely correct,soon enough they will discover things for them selves.

    • bianca

      August 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      You are absolutely correct,they will discover for them selves soon enough,is’t here. scratches head.

  5. Damola

    August 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Why people decide to betray their country like this?

  6. eagle_eye

    August 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Typical

  7. moi

    August 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    my dear Cameroonian sisters! how will they perform astoundingly and win medals when disappearing is all they had at the back of their minds?! Were they even qualified athletes? or just a gyrating bunch who had bought their way into the Olympics? where are they even disappearing to? Hope to another London and this one we all know because they will quickly learn that they have jumped from frying pan into fire.

    • Cameroonian

      August 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

      If you were an athlete who lives under a dollar a day, who is called up by your country only during major events what would you have done if you were in their shoes? bearing in mind that coming back to your country you need to work and save for about 15yrs to migrate legally. Most africans migrate to europe because they are uncomfortable in their own country, stop blaming the athletes, i wish they all disappeared, if you were a cameroonian you will know what i’m talking about.

  8. Thelma

    August 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    na wa o! they no try

  9. Uju

    August 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I feel they made a bad decision. Most people think its rosy in the UK but that’s a myth. I wonder if they can speak English sef.

    • evodia

      August 8, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Cameroon is bilingual so they may know hw to speak English.they made a bad decision though

    • Qauks

      August 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Cameroon is billingual and majority of Cameroonian speak English and French. The English speaking Cameroonians speak pidgin as well.

  10. anon

    August 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    great and mighty disappointments awaits thems, they will soon wih they are back in cameroon

  11. Kemi

    August 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Their life in hell on earth just began in the UK, life is tough abroad, they have many battles to overcome, goodluck to them.

    • bianca

      August 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      confirm,they will understand .

  12. AC

    August 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    They are making a big mistake. The western world is not as rosy as people think it is. Even UK citizens are finding it hard nowadays to find jobs much less illegal immigrants with no legal work authorization or residency. I wish them good luck all the same.

  13. Missy Y

    August 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    According to the London Met the 7 Cameroonian athletes are allowed to stay in the UK, their visa expires on Nov 8.

    • Victoria Pendleton

      August 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      And by calculation, that equates to the next three short months to come. And after that, what next? are you hoping to house, feed and support their upkeep while they illegally roam about the UK with no right to work or even have access to medical health (where of course their visas will be the 1st thing to be requested for) ?

  14. charles

    August 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Our leaders should try and make Africa a living place, if not we wil keep embarrassing our selves like this. Am so ashamed of them, but I wish them goodluck.

    • nancy

      August 8, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Charles, you are absolutely saying the truth, if our leaders can provide the basic amenities and necessities that the citizens needs; why go to a country where all you will do is to suffer. Note there aint no grass greener on the side. It all takes the grace of God to survive abroad.

  15. Tee

    August 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Cameroonian I hail thee. Una won prove sharp guys ni? If na 9ja, nobody for hear word.

    • blessed

      August 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

      @Tee

      Very true. If it was Nigerians that pulled this stunt, you will see everyone (both African and non African) rain insults on us.

  16. alandy

    August 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    loooooll kai! how cud my cameroonian pple disgrace me like dis …

  17. nich

    August 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    some may have family and friends who may work out something for them already ……………..

    the us, canada and australia would have been better………but i believe some of them would still succeed…….

  18. NNENNE

    August 8, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I do not envy any illegal immigrant these days. Life is hard even for the legal residents.They will soon find out.
    @ifunanya you got it all wrong!

  19. Pendo

    August 8, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Couldn’t they have disappeared in France at least they speak the same language lol, On a serious note very big and costly mistake whereas they could have prob continued travelling the world rep their country in sports and earning appearance fees etc to improve their lives back home and maybe even get an opportunity to migrate legally, they chose this path it’s too bad…

  20. Ngozi

    August 8, 2012 at 2:39 am

    As much as I find this funny the disappearance of these athletes reiterates the dire need to for African countries to become more habitable for the common man! Illegal immigration as I see it is the end result of the frustration suffered by thousands of people in Africa. God help us. On a lighter side walahi im so pleased these athletes were not Nigerian sha lol not that Mr Jonathan would be bothered lol

  21. nancy

    August 8, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Charles, you are absolutely saying the truth, if our leaders can provide the basic amenities and necessities that the citizens needs; why go to a country where all you will do is to suffer. Note there aint no grass greener on the other side. It all takes the grace of God to survive abroad.

  22. Theodora

    August 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

    hmmmmm and i had my money set on my fellow nigerians….i guess my country men and women are beginning to have some form of dignity and pride. wish the runaways good luck, cause if the hardship of living as an illegal immigrant dont catch them, the metropolitan police will.

  23. Gold

    August 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

    This is just too BAD, Habba!! They ought to know better that the UK isn’t friendly when it comes to illegal immigration. They’ve just succeeded in ridiculing their country and africa as a whole. I just pity the innocent future african athletes who aspire to participate in future olympic games. They’ve just succeeded in hinting the white man to make access to such much more difficult. I give them just 1week (their pics are everywhere), once they’re found, they’d be treated as criminals.

  24. Audrey

    August 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I’m hearing rumours that they have shengen visas.I hope so,otherwise hmmm,God help them.

  25. eesha

    August 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

    OMG! I laugh in Spanish.

  26. alexie

    August 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Lmaoooooo,dis is sum crazy shit buh all d same goodluck 2 dem

  27. Princess of Zion

    August 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I love England, I honestly do; everything works, everything is easy! If I wasn’t British, I don’t think I would feel the same! The country is cracking down on overstayers and illegal immigrants! It is not an easy ride; I just pray they go back home but seeing what it’s like here will motivate them to work very hard and improve on their country! God bless!

    http://www.princessofzion.wordpress.com

  28. Afroshic

    August 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Lydia,sure.But Nigerians we get your comments,no hating but the truth is,some of you are right and to me i blame it on the bad govenment.One thing they seem to forget is,they will be caught.

  29. Africandecor(click)

    August 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

    *shocked face* loooooool so funny, i am googling their faces right away.

    learn how to decorate with letters and words at http://homafrica.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/decorating-with-letters-and-words/

  30. Camron

    August 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I pity those who came back. sure if they had their way, they too would have disappeared. its the hardship in our country that pushes people to carry out such acts. they had this worked out before travelling for the games thats why they couldnt even win a single medal. thats how cameroonians have always been. the parents and friends of those who came back will be asking them why they came back. if they had a way, they would have disappeared. its going to take a while but they will definitely go through. others have succeeded thru fraudulent means as this. in this country of ours, most people prefer travelling illegally than legally. most people who have illegal documents always travel with little or no problems but those who have legal documents are always denied visa. wish all 7 athletes good luck (not Jonathan) and for those who returned, you just missed a life time opportunity cos you wont even travel for the next olympics so farewell…….. as they say “never miss as opportunity”

  31. charlikhoney

    August 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    well i think their running away was planned maybe most of them had their their siblings in europe who most have pick them up who knows? maybe life will not be difficlt for them as we think. and if i were in their shoesi would definitelt do the same we all know how bad everybody wanna travel abroad esp with the hardship of the country. so some pple are just critizing for nothing meanwhile if they were in that same position they would do same pls give them a break y’all.

  32. kay

    August 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    That is very dumb and stupid of them cos since Cameron became prime minister – everything is extra tight for immigrants. you cannot even get cleaning job without showing your passport, birth certificate etc. So i think they have made a very bad mistake and they will be caught and finger printed never to set foot in any western world cos since 9/11 UK, Canada, Australia and all of EU share information on illegals

  33. yellowsissy

    August 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    WHERE IS THIS IFUNAYA ILLITERATE!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE DID YOU DISAPPEAR TO? ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT! MCHEWWW

  34. kay

    August 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    at least they are saver illegal immigrants than nigerians who will do nothing but take advantage of the system by doing ILLEGAL stuff in the country (several council flats rented out, bank scam schemes, doe schemes etc etc ) – Nigerians are known globally as scammers and thieves so dont compare the cameroonians to nigerians. I am confident if they are not caught , they will live in UK quietly and not be dubious to the system like most nigerians are in EVERY WESTERN WORLD.

    • What?!

      August 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Listen here Kay,

      Don’t come here to talk trash about Nigerians. In fact, God purnish you for what you just typed up there. You hate Nigerians this much yet you come on a Nigerian social media site? I am sick and tired of you hateful Africans! What have we said wrong here? Many of us live abroad so we know that life is not easy abroad even as a legal resident much less when you are illegal. Did you have to come here to insult us?

      You bloody Africans obviously don’t like us but yet you heifers cannot stay away from Nigerian social media sites like this one. If it was Nigerians that pulled this stupid stunt that you cameroonians pulled, you people would have insulted us like crazy. What the cameroonian athletes did was wrong because in the next olympics the host country might choose to do an extra screening of African athletes to make sure such nonsense does not repeat itself.

      When Nigerians mess up, you fellow Africans insult us and when other Africans like you cameroonians mess up, you still come to our social media sites and use your leprosy infested fingers to insult us! What is wrong with you people?!

      Bella, please kindly approve my post because this constant web attack on Nigerians by other Africans is getting outta hand. The other day, it was ghanians heifers insulting Nigerians on twitter for losing to the american basketball team. Now cameroonian heifers want to start their own. I will not tolerate that!

      AFRICAN HATERS STAY AWAY FROM WE NIGERIANS!

  35. Qauks

    August 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I beg wuna leave those guys. I be na cameroonian and if i put wuna for that country wuna go know weti e mean. Na who too dey talk here say them for go na for France because we dey speak same language. It is so ignorant for any nigerian as our neighbours to be ignorant of the fact that English is spoken in Cameroon as an official language. Most Cameroonians dey talk English and French Abi.

    • Ronke

      August 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Illiteracy is a disease of the mind. If your parents ever paid school fees, please you have to refund them in full or buy them a house, to pay them back for all their hardwork and sacrifice, because it was really wasted on you. Even conversational english, isn’t as crass and un-readable as the junk that you just typed up. You think living abraod is easy, they will get no jobs, no jobs, i mean zilch, as it is cheaper for an employer to hire EU citizens (Lithuania, Romania, Polish), who are here in their millions, and who dont mind being paid less than minimum wage, rather than employ a bloody african illegal immigrant, and risk being fined up to £10,000 for each illegal immigrant caught workin on their premises. So all you supporting their actions are just ignorant and ill informed people, who are sitting in their countries and still dreaming of an el dorado in Europe. People who live here, try to tell you morons the truth, just think the person doesnt want your progress. We do not want illegal immigrants, like you and your ilk here, your rub of on us who are here legally, working and contributing to the system. It really really irritates me to read a story such as this. No matter how bad cameroun is, trust me, you have a roof over your head and family support, plus the weather is favourable. You try living in the height of winter, with no job, no food and no money to pay for heating. Some people who manage to find some illegal jobs, are paid so so little, even lower than that paid to cheap labour from the EU, because the employer takes advantage, knowing you cant report him. The little they earn, they can barely live on, some sleep on the streets in the miserable cold, sleep in train stations because their income cant pay rent, and the person who initially housed them threw them out, and for what, to escape sufferring in cameroun. You never know suffering. I am repeating again, the times have passed when you can be an illegal in Europe and make it. EU citizens have closed off that route, because they are legal and they are cheap. Eduate yourself please. What am I saying, someone that can type that is obviously lacking in education. Nonsense

  36. Lulu

    August 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    LMHOOOOOOOOOOOO 🙂

  37. dontmention

    August 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Wuna never see dier pics yet….trust oyibo, it don b for Internet since. Them take Na dier worst looking pics were they look like criminals puttam for web. I really feel bad for dem. Me sef I dey Usa n ei no easy for illegals n Britain no diff…..who ever advice dem, give dem wrong advice.nmay GOd b with dem Bc dey def need Him every step of the way starting now….Paul biya please do something for ur country.I feel so embarrassed. My boss di ask me If I hear wetin ma country men do, I say yes but wetin concern me day….Na trouble dem don briny for us b dat

    • NancyPeters

      August 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Seriously did you go to school. Can’t you write in proper conversational English?

  38. Nike

    August 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    They do look like hungry criminals sef. The english capability of camrounians, kai. I will reign in my tongue from henceforth. I thought nigerians were bad, and they call themselves bilingual. I cant speak french o, but, these camerounians should please pity our eyes and ears small, and stick to french. At least if i have no clue about what you are saying, my head wont explode from the shelling

  39. raxkuture

    August 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

    U can imagine wat dis guys are going through in their country for them run humm no be small thing. But they picked d very wrong country. I pray for them anyways

  40. raxkuture

    August 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

    U can imagine wat dis guys are going through in their country for them to run humm no be small thing. But they picked d very wrong country. I pray for them anyways

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