Football: Cameroonian 15-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko, the teenage superstar with Borussia Dortmund

In November, Youssoufa Moukoko turns 16, and at this age the striker has earned glowing praise from the world of football as a brilliant goal hunting and Borussia Dortmund’s youngster-ever.

The 15-year-old sensation, Youssoufa Moukoko is so good, that the German football championship, Bundesliga has changed their age eligibility rules in order to let the Cameroonian boy play.

Previously, players have not been allowed to play in Germany’s top-flight until they are 16-and-a-half. But the waves caused by the wonderkid has motivated a change in the age to be lowered to just 16.

At 12, pre-teen Moukoko was playing for Dortmund’s under-17s and Germany’s under-16s.

He scored an astonishing 90 goals in 56 games at under-17 level, before bagging 34 in 20 this season for the under-19s – despite having started the season as a 14-year-old.

As he waits to turn 16 on November 20, Moukoko has already been training on-and-off with Dortmund since January.

The Stunning rise of Youssoufa Moukoko

Moukoko was in Yaoundé in November 2004. He spent the first 10 years with his grandparents in Yaounde before joining his father, a German citizen based in Hamburg.

He started playing in the youth academy of local Kult club St Pauli. Over the course of two seasons, Moukoko plundered 23 goals in just 13 games for Die Kiezkicker’s underage teams before Dortmund got interested in his scoring prowess.

Moukoko has represented Germany internationally, so far scoring three goals in four appearances for Michael Feichtenbeiner’s U16s.

The agile striker was the youngest player ever to feature in the UEFA Youth League when he took to the field for Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Barcelona in September 2019.

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