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Moukoko: The 16-year Old Cameroonian Making History in German Football

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Youssoufa Moukoko

Africans have continued to make big waves in German football in the 2020/21 season. Earlier in the season, Jamal Musiala, a 17-year old Anglo-Nigerian striker became Bayern Munich’s youngest goalscorer in history.

On Saturday, another stellar teenage African was introduced to senior football in the German Bundesliga.

Youssoufa Moukoko, 16, became the youngest player in the history of the German top flight when he was given a 5-minute run in Borussia Dortmund’s 5-2 thrashing of Hertha Berlin.

Moukoko, who was born in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé moved to Germany in 2014 to join his father who moved to Europe in the 1990s. In all the age-grade teams he has played for in Germany, the well rated attacker has broken and created scoring records.

Borussia Dortmund snapped him up from St. Pauli in 2016 and he has impressed the Black and Yellow fans greatly, with many tipping him for greatness.

Compatriot and Cameroon legend, Samuel Etoo has recommended Moukoko to Barcelona, while Dortmund is jealously protecting their prized asset from preying eyes.

Moukoko has been subject of great hype in the German football circle with Borussia Dortmund and German football handlers moving to reduce his exposure to the press.

“After Youssoufa’s first international games at the under-16 level, in 2017, the hype was at times so huge, that, together with Dortmund, we decided to let him make his next steps solely with his club,” Meikel Schonweitz, the head coach of Germany’s youth teams, said. 

The German FA avoided selecting Moukoko for matches again as a result of the huge praise coming his way, before he made his U-20 debut this year, aged just 16.

“The hype doesn’t do anyone any favours,” said Stefan Kuntz, coach of Germany’s Under-21s. “The first low is always the toughest.”

His coaches have hailed him as a wonderfully-gifted player with a natural affinity for goal-scoring. Borussia Dortmund’s coach, Lucien Favre has also hailed his skill and technique to high heavens.

“As of yet, the sun always shines for Youssoufa. He hasn’t had any rainy days, but these rainy days will come,” Nuri Sahin who used to hold the record as youngest debutant for Dortmund said about the striker.

Despite his very young years, Moukoko has a running €10m advertising contract with Nike.

The world of football will see more of Moukoko now he has finally made his debut, and it can be both ways from here.

While he has represented German age-grade teams, making his U-16 debut at 12, his international future is yet to be a subject of debate, with Cameroon making a strong claim to honing and owning the youngster.

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid Creates New Record for Philadelphia

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid has become the first Philadelphia 76ers player to record 45 points, more than 15 rebounds and over 5 steals in a single game since 1974.

Embiid, who played college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks, created the record in Philadelphia’s 137-134 defeat of Miami Heats.

The Cameroonian 2014 draft for Philadelphia has so far had a good season with fans of the 76ers hailing his work rate and aggression.

Embiid’s teammate, Danny Green also created a franchise record of nine-three pointers from his total of 29 points.

The Cameroonian impressed and was all over the court as fans are already mouthing a possible MVP nomination for him.

“I’ve got a goal. I want to win the championship and I can’t do it alone,” Embiid said.

Nigeria’s Gabe Vincent and Precious Achiuwa impressed for Miami in the game with Vincent scoring 24 points in his first career start, while Achiuwa made his first start since being drafted in the top 30 picks during the off season.

Achiuwa, born in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria, scored 17 points and 13 rebounds in what’s the highest of his freshly-starting NBA career.

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Cameroonian Player Turns Up At Club In Rival Team’s Jersey

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Footballers do everything to force transfers from their club sides when they are unhappy.

We’ve heard of William Gallas threatening to score an own goal at Chelsea, to force a move away from the club.

Osaze Odemwingie once slept at the park of Queen’s Park Rangers to force a move to the club. There are more stories of such practices lying untold.

In the latest of such dramatic stories, Cameroon international and Royal Antwerp forward, Didier Lamkel Ze did the unexpected when he turned up at his club’s base in a rival team’s jersey to force a transfer away from the club.

Lamkel Ze turned up in an Anderlecht jersey, attempting to force an entry into the club house. His jersey read Congolese international, Yanick Bolasie’s name.

Lamkel Ze is being linked with a move to Greek club, Panathinaikos where he wants to team up with his former coach at Antwerp, Laszlo Boloni.

He has since apologised for his actions and said he hopes to represent the team again.

“I sincerely apologise to the club and the Antwerp supporters because they are magnificent and wonderful fans who have always supported me,” he said.

“If I reacted like that, it is because my head was elsewhere with the transfer, it wasn’t easy for me. I’m so sorry for my actions.

“I won’t forget how my teammates and the technical staff have supported me in the dressing room since my arrival here.

“I’m ready for the club if the new coach needs me. I hope to be in front of the supporters very soon on the pitch.”


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The Three African Teenagers Who Took Football by Storm in 2020

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Africa is blessed and that’s unarguable, but its inadequate resources have continued to limit its growth.

Like other sectors, sports is one of Africa’s greatest qualities. Blessed with some of the finest sportsmen in the world, the continent has generations of talents who need just a little tutelage to take the world by storm.

In 2020 alone, three teenage African youngsters, the oldest being 18, sent tongues wagging in praise, yet none represents an African nation.

The trio of Ansu Fati, Eduardo Camavinga and Youssouffa Moukoko were all born in the continent but will be singing the anthems of their new countries when football games come up.

Fati, 18, took the Spanish La Liga by storm when he showed techniques and application that were beyond his age and level. He jumped developmental stages to team up with the first team and he quickly impressed his coaches and teammates. Fati has since become Barcelona, Spain and La Liga’s youngest goalscorer. He now wears the La Roja red jersey.

While the young attacker had his developmental years in Seville, Spain, he was born and partly raised in Guinea Bissau before his parents moved to Spain after his brother won a football scholarship. His stock has quickly risen and has been rated as one of the best youngsters in football.

Camavinga, also 18, was born in an Angolan refugee camp to Congolese parents. Heads and shoulders above his peers, his excellent reading of the game, passing and technical brilliance have stood him out as one of the best young midfielders in the world. The Rennes midfielder has since made his debut for the French national team and is a subject of interest amongst the biggest clubs in the world. He moved to France at the age of 2.

When Youssouffa Moukoko hit the scene at 14, he was already too much for players older than he was. He stole the headlines so much that the German Football Federation had to stop him from playing age-grade matches.

At 16, Moukoko, born in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital, became the youngest goalscorer in the history of the German Bundesliga when he scored Borussia Dortmund’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Union Berlin on Friday.

Moukoko already has a €10m kit sponsorship deal with Nike and a German national team call-up is well on the cards.

Africa has a rich base of talents and must provide enough to make them grow and rise from within.

Like Moukoko, Fati and Camavinga, thousands are still on the dusty pitches of the continent, ready to take the world by storm, in various ways, across all human endeavours.

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