April 3, 2020

DFL clears Youssoufa Moukoko’s way to Bundesliga

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The German Football League (DFL) held a meeting on Tuesday, setting a new minimum age of 16 for players in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2. The change will take effect from the 2020-21 season.

Youssoufa Moukoko of Borussia Dortmund U19 dribbles the ball in the UEFA Youth League game against Inter Milan U19 in Dortmund, Germany, November 5, 2019. /VCG

No team could be happier than Borussia Dortmund to hear that because it paved the way for Youssoufa Moukoko, a German-Cameroonian genius striker, to play for The BVB next season in the German top league.

If you’re wondering how great this 15-year-old teenager could be, here are some stats: Last season, he scored 50 goals and nines assists in 28 games in the Under 17 Bundesliga for Dortmund. This season, Moukoko was promoted to the U19 league and again had 34 goals in 20 games.

Etienne Youte Kinkoue (L) of Inter Milan U19 and Youssoufa Moukoko (R) of Borussia Dortmund U19 battle for the ball in the UEFA Youth League game, November 5, 2019. /VCG

Thanks to such an incredible performance and the great potential in him, Moukoko was seen by many as the “New Eto’o,” and he will reach 16 years old on November 20.

That’s why Dortmund’s academy director Lars Ricken told Kicker, “We are very pleased with this decision (of the DFL).” “This could help the clubs but also the young players in their development. A majority of the clubs want to be able to give outstanding talents, on very rare occasions, the chance to take the next step in their development,” added Ricken.

It’s no more secret that Dortmund’s ace winger Jadon Sancho wants to leave Germany. With Moukoko in place, the club is totally able to afford his departure.

Source: CGTN

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