German Club Announced One Of It’s Players Has Been Playing Under False Name And Age

Silas Wamangituka, a VfB Stuttgart player who was recently named Bundesliga Rookie of the Season, has been playing under a false name and age this season, according to his club.

Today, it was revealed that the Congolese forward’s real name is Silas Katompa Mvumpa, and that he is 22 years old, not 21, as previously thought.

Silas was allegedly pressured by a Paris-based agency to change his name in order to obtain a European visa and a transfer to RSC Anderlecht, according to Stuttgart.

The forward did not play for the Belgian team, but spent two seasons under a false name with Paris FC in France before joining Stuttgart for the 2019-20 season, where he has made an impression.

‘Over the last few years, I’ve been continually living in fear and was also very concerned for my family in Congo,’ Silas said in a statement to Stuttgart’s official website.

‘Making my tale public was a difficult step for me, and I would never have had the guts to do so if Stuttgart, my team, and VfB had not been a second home and a safe haven for me.’

Stuttgart claimed to have only recently learned about this information and promised to ‘address the problem right from now on.’ The Bundesliga team is unconcerned about any repercussions.

A club statement said: ‘Silas was under the influence of the agent who syphoned off part of his wages and threatened him that he would never play football again if the matter ever became public. 

‘Once he had built up a relationship of trust in Stuttgart and gradually been able to distance himself from his agent, Silas battled his considerable fears of that man and made his situation known to the club, and decided to change agents.

‘Thanks to his considerable efforts to clear up the situation, Silas now has a valid Congolese passport with his correct personal details.’

Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat, who held a simliar role at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery’s reigns, added: ‘First and foremost, Silas has been the victim of this change of name. 

‘I have the greatest respect for the fact that at a young age, he has taken the brave step to clarify his situation. We will continue to give him all the help he needs in absolutely every respect.’

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