Is Monaco’s Lacina Traore’s actually Traore Menene?
A crazy story has broken in the last few days out of the Ivory Coast, as Monaco striker Lacina Traore has been accused of identity theft.
27-year-old Traore is currently under contract with Monaco until the end of the season.
A former Everton players, Traore has only made 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season. He’s failed to find the net, while he’s chipped in with three assists.
But Traore’s form on the pitch could soon be the least of his worries, as he’s been accused of making up his identity.
Indeed, the Monaco forward stands accused of being called Traore Menene and being two years old.
Ibrahim Kone points the finger
The man leading the calls against Lacina Traore is Ibrahim Kone, the President of Etoile Sportive d’Abobo.
Traore reportedly began his career at the local Ivory Coast club before he moved to Romanian side CFR Cluj in 2008.
Speaking to RFI, Kone has tabled the following claims:
In 2005, I recruited Lacina Traoré who was then called Traoré Ménéné.
Then, he was side by Stade d’Abidjan. And to my great surprise, he had changed his age and his first name.
This problem has persisted for 13 years… it is not fair from in a sporting sense and this is why I am bringing a legal case against him.
I know a lot of things that can prove that he did indeed play for our club. We need to find a solution. I am waiting for the federation to repair this injustice. If this is not resolved, I will take my case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The real issue here is money.
Etoile Sportive d’Abobo are trying to prove that Traore was on their books in order to recoup a 5% cut of transfer fees that is given to clubs who develop players between the ages of 12 to 23 years, as determined by FIFA rules.