For several years in a row, after the departure of Miroslav Klose from football, a real top-level striker did not appear in German football, whose status would be comparable to that of the German national team. One of the candidates for this role is Youssouf Mukoko, who already has 11 goals and 8 assists with Borussia Dortmund, although he only turned 18 in November. Or not 18?
Mukoko: 18 or 22?
19 goals for one of Germany’s strongest clubs in the Bundesliga at 18 is great, to be sure, but at 22 this result no longer looks fantastic, and Yussouf is only involved in possible machinations with age. Rumors about his rewritten age have been in the media for a long time, and in 2017 even the German Football Federation had to assure on his own behalf that the guy had no problems with the documents.
Since then, more than five years have passed and the situation has repeated itself, but with other, more powerful revolutions. The Austrian edition laola1.at published a great revelation in which it is assured that Yussufa was really born in the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé, but in 2014, when the boy was placed in the St. Pauli academy, the relatives and representatives of the player corrected the player’s age in the documents, changing the year of birth from 2000 to 2004, which in youth football is quite an abyss.
Austrian journalists did not provide compelling arguments, but they claim that the original documents were sent to them by Mukoko’s father, who had a fight with his son last year and now decided to take revenge on him in such a peculiar way, ending his career. .
So is it true?
The African “Saint Barbara”, of course, is interesting, but there have been no official comments, and the authority of the Austrian primary source does not inspire confidence, but there is another indirect fact that indicates a possible deception of Mukoko and his entourage.
Cameroon’s under-17 team had 21 of 30 players fail an MRI test, after which they were instantly dropped from the squad. But it became even more comical when the head coach called other players, 11 of whom again failed the test. The age of immigrants from Africa often raised questions before, and with the progress of medical technology, the truth began to emerge more and more frequently. Perhaps Mukoko’s story is the loudest in recent years.
The football federations of Germany and Cameroon, as well as Borussia, have yet to figure out the current situation, but it can already be said that this story could break the striker’s career. Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Barcelona, Newcastle and some other top clubs in Europe have taken an interest in the 18-year-old Mukoko, whose contract with Dortmund runs until the summer of 2023, but if confirmed, he is four years older. , then surely the list of those who want to sign the Cameroonian German will decrease.