Borussia Dortmund Coaches Argue Over The Age Of Youssoufa Moukoko
Remember Youssoufa Moukoko? Borussia Dortmund's 12-year-old phenom. Well, he's made the headlines again and it's just not because of his goals on the pitch.
Moukoko burst onto the scene following his incredible outings for Borussa Dortmund's under-17 ranks.
He's scoring goals in games against kids much older than him.
After starring for his club, he then got selected for Germany's under-16 side.
Moukoko in action for BVB's under-17's. Image: PA
But after stringing together impressive performances for club and country, there's been doubts about his age with the clubs OWN under-23 manager, Timo Preus, suggesting he's older than he actually is.
"With Youssoufa, I can imagine that his age has only been guessed," Preus said via Goal.
Muokoko celebrates scoring a goal. Image: PA
"Maybe in reality he is one or two years older. But certainly he is not 17. For him that is very difficult. There is nothing to blame him for, the boy is not cheating or anything."
However, Borussia Dortmund's youth coordinator Lars Ricken has defended the youngster by claiming he's how old he says he is - 12.
"He is twelve years old. That is a fact and there is no doubt about it. Some media reports about him have been disappointing," Ricken said via Goal.
Muokoko representing Germany under-16's. Image: PA
This season, he's weighed in with 16 goals (!!) from just seven games for the under-17's.
Youssoufa Moukoko has scored 3 times in 2 games for Germany under 16's.
He is ONLY 12 years old! :flag_de::flag_de: :fire::fire::fire::fire: pic.twitter.com/p5WeQGxPZO
- Sarchotic (@Po6baholic) September 15, 2017
Ricken adds: "He plays in our U-17 because we believe that he belongs to this age class in a sporting way. He plays in a very good team and has team mates, who support him well."
Moukoko continues to attract attention.