African teen travels to PH for a football clinic; only to find out it was a scam

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A Senegalese teen was lured by a fake football clinic invitation. He traveled to the Philippines only to find out that the invitation was fake and everything was a scam.

The airport authorities noticed an Ethiopian teen begging passengers for food. Upon investigation, they learned that the 17-year-old teen was Moussa Kissima Samate from Senegal. Jaime Estrella, airport police shared with GMA that the poor teen paid P150,000 and his family even sold an animal to answer a football coaching invitation. It turned out to be a scam and the letter he had was fake.

Samate has a letter that allegedly came from the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the Philippines. The invitation was for him to teach at a football clinic at the Rizal Memorial Stadium and McKinley Hills in Taguig for a fee. Police verified that the letter was fake as it even contained typographical errors.

The Philippine Azkals was even listed as a partner of the football clinic he was invited to. Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami also confirmed that the letter was not legitimate. He also added that FIFA is “so strict in recruiting minors for clubs. Hindi po nagre-recruit ang Azkals ng ‘di Pilipino.” [Azkals doesn’t recruit non-Filipino citizens.]

Samate said that the fee he paid included his accommodations. When the authorities checked on his listed hotel, there were no reservations for him. His return flight is due on November 10. He will be spending the days waiting for his return flight at the airport police station.