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WATCH | Patrick Tignyemb forced to defend age after seen celebrating 55th birthday

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Patrick Tignyemb (Getty Images)
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Chippa United goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb has had to defend his age after a video surfaced appearing to show him celebrating his 55th birthday.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper who is listed as having been born on 14 June, 1985 - making him 35 - has had to defend his age after a video surfaced online.

In the video, the Cameroonian is shown celebrating his 55th birthday with his wife and three children and a cake decorated with the numbers 55. His son also appears to be counting up to 55 at the end of singing Happy Birthday.

FarPost media reports that Tignyemb denied the speculation saying that it was a joke and provided a picture of his birth certificate as proof that he was actually 35.

It was just a joke," Tignyemb said. "Next time I'll out 60 This is the latest episode in the real age versus soccer age debate that has long been an issue in South Africa and also the rest of Africa.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was once believed to be the same age as retired Bafana Bafana international Teko Modise, at 37-years-old.

Khune though is listed as being 32.

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa who was tragically murdered in 2014 at the age of 27, was also revealed by his tombstone and school register that he was in fact 30-years-old.


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