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Questions over Youssoufa Moukoko's age following Cameroon controversy

Questions over Youssoufa Moukoko's age following Cameroon controversy

The Borussia Dortmund striker is 18 but some have questioned if he is actually four years older, after Cameroon u17 controversy.

Huge talent Youssoufa Moukoko, who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund, has had his age questioned, following controversy surrounding Cameroon under 17s.

Despite having only joined Dortmund in 2016, Moukoko has gone about breaking all sorts of records for the Bundesliga giants already.

He has officially become the youngest player to reach a number of achievements, from playing in the scoring in the UEFA Youth League aged 14 to becoming the youngest Bundesliga goalscorer in history, just two years later.

Fans of popular video game Football Manager have also been cult followers of the striker, and his real life reputation seems to be following suit.

It's no surprise that some of the biggest and best teams in Europe want to once again poach a young player from Dortmund, and they could have the chance to sign him soon.

His agent has already confirmed that he won't be penning a new deal with the club, and his current contract expires at the end of the season.

At just 18-years-old, the Cameroon born German striker, who went to the World Cup in Hansi Flick's squad, would be of massive interest to Premier League clubs.

However, according to Austrian publication Laoloa 1, the teenager's birth certificate might actually be wrong and he may be 22-years-old.

Moukoko was at the World Cup. Image: Alamy
Moukoko was at the World Cup. Image: Alamy

The claims are to do with the controversy around the Cameroon Under 17s team, who recently saw 21 players not pass the age test.

An entire starting XI, along with other squad members, reportedly had to be replaced after tests revealed that they were older than the age limit.

Moukoko's adoptive father is said to have sent a birth certificate in an email to a journalist, showing the name Yousouffa Mohamadou was born in 2000, and is attributed to belonging to Moukoko.

The Dortmund star has lived in Germany since 2014, joining St Pauli later that year, before moving to Signal Iduna Park two years later.

It is not the first time that he has faced questions regarding his age, his own coaches at Dortmund couldn't agree how old he was back in 2017, though the German FA denied any wrongdoing.

Moukoko has scored 11 Bundesliga goals. Image: Alamy
Moukoko has scored 11 Bundesliga goals. Image: Alamy

At the time the DFB produced a statement, saying, "The DFB has already had a number of intensive discussions with Borussia Dortmund at various levels.

"At the DFB's request for careful consideration of the facts, those responsible at Borussia Dortmund always point to the authenticity of the papers and documents, which are also known by DFB.

"There is therefore no doubt about the correctness of the age of the player. In this matter, the DFB relies on the details of the home club of the player."

SPORTbible have reached out to the DFB, who decided against commenting, and the player's representatives over the accusations.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Youssoufa Moukoko, Bundesliga, Germany, Borussia Dortmund, Cameroon