Wunderkind Moukoko nets twice in Germany U-16 win
German 12-year-old wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko continued his remarkable season yesterday by scoring twice in an Under-16 international. Moukoko, who only turns 13 in November, scored both goals in Germany Under-16’s 2-1 win away to Austria in Hippach yesterday, even though he is at least two years younger than most of his team-mates. Moukoko, who was born in Cameroon, made his international debut for Germany’s juniors in a 3-1 win over Austria on Monday, then scored the winning goals in a second international between the nations.
He has already made waves in German youth football this season by scoring 13 goals in five games for Borussia Dortmund’s Under-17 team in the junior Bundesliga. Under German Football Association (DFB) rules, he is not allowed to play in the Bundesliga until he is 17.
However, doubts persist in some quarters about his age. According to his official certificate, issued at the German consulate in Yaounde, his date of birth is November 20, 2004. Bild, Germany’s biggest selling daily newspaper, dedicated a spread on the precocious talent in Sunday’s sports supplement under the headline: “Is this wunderkind really only 12 years old?”
Moukoko is pictured alongside his 18year-old girlfriend, who plays for St Pauli’s Under-21 team in Hamburg, where the couple met. Bild said his 66-year-old father and his mother, 28, still live in Hamburg while Moukoko lodges with a family in Dortmund. — AFP