Wun­derkind Moukoko nets twice in Ger­many U-16 win

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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

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