Age is but a num­ber in African game

African Independent - - SPORT - THOMAS

or­der to cheat so bla­tantly. It’s a shame.

The “boy” fea­tures for the Ger­many Un­der-17 side and has scored 13 goals in five matches for Borus­sia Dort­mund and a stag­ger­ing 33 in 21 games for the Ger­man U17s - a clear in­di­ca­tion that most 14and 15-year-old op­po­nents are not yet phys­i­cally de­vel­oped enough to deal with this man mas­querad­ing as a boy.

I have in my years as a jour­nal­ist tried to ex­pose age cheat­ing in the African game and a month ago, Nige­rian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Amaju Pin­nick, who is now the Caf vice-pres­i­dent, con­fided in me revo­lu­tion­ary plans he in­tends putting in place to com­bat this phe­nom­e­non.

Af­ter read­ing the shame­ful birth date of Mr Yous­so­ufa Moukoko, I washed my hands of this em­bar­rass­ment and wished Pin­nick and Danny Jordaan, among oth­ers who are fight­ing age cheat­ing across Africa, the best of luck. They cer­tainly need it!

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