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Younger Bundesliga star a yr older, actual identify Katompa Mvumpa

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) __ Stuttgart’s Congolese ahead Silas Wamangituka has been taking part in below a false identify and is a yr older than beforehand thought.

The participant, whose actual identify is Silas Katompa Mvumpa, knowledgeable the membership lately he had been the sufferer of “machinations of his former agent” and that he was actually 22 years outdated, Stuttgart stated in an announcement on Tuesday.

“I’ve lived in fixed worry over the previous few years and have additionally been very frightened about my household within the Congo. It was a troublesome step for me to disclose my story,” Katompa Mvumpa stated.

The discrepancy occurred when the Kinshasa-born Katompa Mvumpa was invited to a trial at age 18 by Belgian membership Anderlecht in 2017. The membership was keen on contracting him however suggested him to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier than his visa expired and return after making use of for a brand new one.

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Katompa Mvumpa was 19 on the time, Stuttgart stated. It added that an agent in Belgium instructed the participant he wouldn’t be capable of return to Europe if he left Belgium and returned to Congo.

“As Silas was very younger, fully inexperienced and alone, he positioned his belief within the agent, whom he knew from earlier than within the Congo, and subsequently turned fully dependent. He lived in Paris with the agent who largely lower him off from the skin. Silas had neither entry to his account nor his papers presently,” Stuttgart stated in an announcement.

The membership stated the agent modified the participant’s identification and offered him with papers that recognized him as Silas Wamangituka (one among his father’s names) with a date of beginning, Oct. 6, 1999, modified by precisely one yr.

Stuttgart stated it lately obtained new paperwork from Congo and it was in touch with native authorities in regards to the matter. The German soccer federation has been knowledgeable and the membership is assuming the participant nonetheless has a sound license to play.

“Silas stays the participant and the one that performed his manner into the hearts of our followers and his teammates since he’s been right here in Stuttgart. Relating to the identify change, he’s above all a sufferer. We are going to shield him accordingly,” Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat stated.

Katompa Mvumpa scored 11 Bundesliga objectives in 25 appearances final season, when he additionally captured consideration with 5 assists. He joined Stuttgart from Paris FC in 2019.

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