Its name may not mean much to you at first glance. However, Yeo Moriba has become a figure in French football in recent years. And for good reason, one of his three sons is none other than the French international Paul Pogba. Rather discreet in the media in normal times, Yeo Moriba speaks this Sunday, November 20, 2022 on TF1. Guest of Audrey Crespo-Mara in “The Portrait of the week”, the one who released, Wednesday, November 16, her autobiography entitled And in the end we winwritten with the journalist Clémence de Blasi, speaks on this occasion for the first time on the Pogba affair.
A case that “breaks his heart”. An investigation was opened on August 3, 2022 by the Paris prosecutor’s office. The charges? “Extortion in an organized gang, attempted extortion in an organized gang and participation in a criminal association with a view to committing a crime, relating to various facts including [Paul] Pogba would have been a victim between March and July 2022”. Yeo Moriba saw one of his other sons, Mathias Pogba, be indicted on September 17 and remanded in custody in connection with this famous case.
In her book, the mother of Mathias and Paul Pogba finally returned, not without difficulty, to the terrible affair which has shaken her clan lately. “I was told to add it, at first I didn’t want to, it was difficult. And then the book was already done. But this episode happened… It’s very difficult to talk about it”, confides she, without taboo, as reported franceinfo.
At AFP, to whom she recently gave an interview and whose TF1 News echoes, the one who had initially taken the side of her youngest son, Paul Pogba, recalls Foot01, finally also defended her eldest Mathias, victim, according to her, of “a trap”. “He was manipulated, robbed by people who were close to us,” she says, before adding: “We felt betrayed.” To evoke the culprits, according to her, Yeo Moriba does not hesitate to speak of “big, big sharks”, motivated by “extreme jealousy”.
In her book, as reported on her side by franceinfo, the mother of Paul and Mathias Pogba declares that she wants to do justice to her “two sons” today. And to add: “The Pogba clan will always be there. […] It’ll always work out, it’s family, they’re foster brothers, they’ll always hold hands.”
A Pogba affair in which the mother of the two footballers also seems to be involved, even if we do not yet know at this stage the exact degree of her involvement. Indeed, according to RMC Sports, Yeo Moriba would have been heard as a witness by the investigators, after the opening of the preliminary investigation at the beginning of August. France international Paul Pogba is said to have claimed that his mother was also pressured. A hypothesis for the time being confirmed by leaks from the hearings of Mathias and Paul Pogba.
However, its exact role remains to be clarified. In the columns of Figaro, the president of Tours FC, Jean-Marc Ettori, invited to speak on the Pogba affair at the end of August – an affair which did not surprise him in the least, by the way – had not shown himself to be very tender towards his regard, describing Yeo Moriba as “the gang leader, the one who drives everything, the one who says yes, the one who says no”. Comments to be taken with some hindsight, however, Jean-Marc Ettori evoking in this same interview his misadventure with the Pogba clan at the time of the transfer of Mathias to Tours. “We were told to take Mathias and Paul will pay his salary, his expenses […]. We never had the money,” he explained.
Now 52, Yeo Moriba retraces her incredible journey in her autobiography: from her native Guinea to France and the consecration of her youngest son Paul Pogba, winner with the Blues of the 2018 World Cup. pitfalls that the mother of twins Florentin and Mathias, born in 1990 in Conakry in Guinea, and Paul Pogba, born in 1993 in Lagny-sur-Marne, in Seine-et-Marne, was able to overcome.
Arrived in France at 19 to marry Fassou Antoine Pogba, a Christian electronics teacher in his fifties at the time, Yeo Moriba, who is Muslim, reports The world, quickly finds herself alone at the head of a single-parent family. Paul Pogba’s parents separated when he was still young.
In his book, Yeo Moriba, who also adopted two of his nieces, as explained franceinfo, wanted to “send a message: we women have to fight, not to be discouraged because you no longer have the husband”. She looks back on the many odd jobs she has done, going from cashier to chambermaid, not hesitating to walk for hours to get to her workplace on weekends, when it’s not was no bus. “I had to work to take care of my children, I had no other solution,” she explains.
As franceinfo again points out, Yeo Moriba dwells very little on the years of hardship, rather offering a “positive” story. “You shouldn’t be alarmed, you have to be brave. If you lose the courage, you can’t do anything,” teaches Paul Pogba’s mother. Racism also has very little place in his story. “You have to accept it, we felt a little racism, for certain jobs, we saw that we gave preference to native French people rather than immigrants”, explains the one who believes that her children do not have it. , not too suffered.
Yeo Moriba finally does not fail to return to the love shared within the family for the round ball. While her three sons have made careers in football, the fifty-year-old also had her hour of glory on the football pitch. Yeo Moriba was indeed the captain of a girls’ team in Guinea, in her youth. As indicated by the editions Fayard, who publish her autobiography today, Yeo Moriba had been “spotted in the early 1980s by one of her teachers” and had “quickly” become “captain of one of the first women’s teams in Guinea”. A “golden period” which unfortunately ended quickly, with the arrival of political unrest in the country.