Chelsea Target Caught Up in Age Fraud Scandal As Reports Claim True Age of Dortmund Star

Chelsea Target Caught Up in Age Fraud Scandal As Reports Claim True Age of Dortmund Star

  • Youssoufa Moukoko is caught in the age fraud web after his alleged birth certificate surfaced
  • It is believed the striker's adoptive father send the youngster's birth certificate to a journalist
  • The document is said to show that the player, who is on the radar of Chelsea, was born in 2020

Borussia Dortmund star, Youssoufa Moukoko - who is on the radar of Premier League club Chelsea - has been caught up in the Cameroonian age fraud scandal.

Allegations have it the impressive striker could be about 22 years old, rather than the 18 years he is claiming to be.

Youssoufa Moukoko, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Age Fraud
Youssoufa Moukoko has been caught in the Cameroon age fraud web. Photo: Harry Langer.
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A report from Austria claims the player’s adoptive father sent a birth certificate belonging to the youngster to a journalist.

SunSport reports that the document reveals the wonderkid is actually named Yousouffa Mohamadou, with his year of birth stated as 2000.

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If true, then that means Moukoko is in fact 22, with the allegation buttressed by the fact that some of his partners during his teenage years were significantly older than him.

Commenting on the matter, the German FA said:

"We do not comment on any speculation."

Age fraud rocks Cameroon football

Meanwhile, age fraud continues to rock Cameroon football, as 11 more under-17 team members failed tests ordered by Samuel Eto'o, FECAFOOT's president.

This brings the total number of players involved in the controversy to 32, ahead of the UNIFACC tournament - contested by the U17 sides of the Central African Football Federations' Union countries.

It is believed that Eto’o ordered all players selected to play for the country’s youth teams to undergo MRI tests, to determine if their ages are as claimed.

Nigerians dismissed over age discrepancies

Sports Brief earlier reported that the head coach of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, Ladan Bosso dropped 10 players from the squad for age discrepancies and faulty documentation.

The Nigerian manager is preparing his wards ahead of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations, with a number of players invited to the training camp.

It is believed that 35 players began screening on January 9, while 10 others - who are currently based abroad - are expected in the coming week.

Source: Sports Brief News