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A private Cameroonian television station has been barred from broadcasting for six months in neighboring Gabon after erroneously reporting the death of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who is in hospital in Saudi Arabia suffering from exhaustion, Libreville authorities said.

Vision 4, thought to be close to the Cameroonian government, reported on Saturday that the Gabonese president had died.

Bongo, 59, fell ill last Wednesday during a visit to Riyadh to attend an economic forum in the Saudi capital, where he remains in hospital.

His spokesperson Ike Ngouoni said on Sunday that doctors there had diagnosed him with “severe fatigue” and ordered bed rest.

Ngouoni called for “vigilance” against “fake news” after Vision 4’s report.

Gabon’s broadcasting authority HAC, which met on Tuesday, said in a statement that the “incorrect and false” report had “undermined national unity, social cohesion, and public order”.

Bongo took over as leader of the oil-rich equatorial African nation in 2009 on the death of his father Omar Bongo, who had ruled since 1967.

Ali Bongo was re-elected in 2016 by just a few thousand votes in a controversial presidential election.

Source: news24.com

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South Africa have won the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championships after beating Cameroon 2-1 in the final. The Banyana Banyana played against guest team Indomitable Lionesses on Saturday, at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The Gabon football federation has been criticized by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for announcing his father, Pierre Aubame as new coach without his consent. They have admitted making a mistake, blaming the ministry of Sport for putting them under pressure.

These and more stories presented by Raziah Athman on Football Planet.

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