On December 7, 2020, a persisting social media rumor claimed that former Cameroonian international player Jean Manga Onguene had passed on. "The former indomitable lion African Footballer of the Year 1980 and three-time winner of the CAF Champions League has just died at the age of 74, according to a source close to the family," a Facebook page named “Lion Blanc” reported.
The fake news was automatically relayed by African online media while paying tribute to the assistant of the Russian technician Valeri Nepomniachi during the epic World Cup 1990 in Italy.
Jean Manga Onguene has been suffering from heart problems for years, but he has not yet passed on. "He is certainly suffering, but he has not passed on. I reassure Cameroonians that Jean Manga Onguene is still alive. He will be discharged from the hospital next Wednesday (tomorrow, Editor's note). For the moment, he is alive," his wife Sabine told CRTV on Monday evening.
The rumor is also denied by the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot), where Jean Manga Onguene worked as the National Technical Director. "It's fake information. He is still alive if we must trust the latest information we have,” reliable sources contacted by Stop Bla Bla Cam said.
Several Facebook pages and online news sites that had announced the death of the former FIFA consultant have removed the content.