Mystery of German top talent Moukoko

The 12-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko plays the tiles of the roof at the … U17 Borussia Dortmund.

Youssoufa Moukoko in action at the German U16. © AFP

Last week brought the barely twelve-year-old footballer in the headlines of the international press. In his second match for the German U16 had the boy with Cameroonian roots two times scored. So he lay at the base of the 2-1 victory against Austria.

Youssoufa Moukoko is a phenomenon, it is the unanimous opinion of all the followers. After five matches at the U17 of Borussia Dortmund was his counter was also on thirteen goals.

Only: there are strong doubts about his exact age, because the boy looks much older than twelve. Father Joseph fights that: ‘Immediately after his birth I gave Youssoufa at the German consulate in Yaoundé. We got an authentic German birth certificate. In addition, he can’t be older, because his mother is only 28 years old.’ The date of birth on the certificate is: november 20, 2004. Both the club and German football association confirms that the birth certificate is authentic, and doubt not the version of father Moukoko.

Joachim Schubert, the former clubdokter of VfL Bochum, however, you may not believe it: “It is not normal that a boy of twelve years, the physical characteristics of someone who is already eighteen.” A thorough medical examination may be definitive.

Former international Lars Ricken, currently youth coordinator at Borussia Dortmund, is in favour of all the doubts once and for all to help the world. While such research is the teeth and various x-rays taken of the bones in the wrist. But father Moukoko is straight.

Meanwhile, the German league, and Borussia Dortmund to a special mediaverantwoordelijke. That should ensure that the top talent is not harassed for any questions or interviews. According to the German rules, players may also pass from their seventeenth play in the Bundesliga. Will be undoubtedly continued.

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