Stuttgart striker Silas Wamangituka has revealed that he has been playing under a false name and age.
The Congolese said that his real identity is Silas Katompa Mvumpa and that he is 22, not 21 with the player saying that he was forced to alter details by an agent in Belgium as a teenager.
Wamangituka was recently crowned Bundesliga Rookie of the Season in a vote which also included Borussia Dortmund and England's Jude Bellingham.
His club in a statement stated that the player was provided with false papers by an agent in Belgium who had put pressure on the Congo-born striker ahead of a trial with Anderlecht when he was 18.
The Belgian club wanted to sign Katompa Mvumpa shortly before his visa expired but he is alleged to have been warned by his agent that he would not be allowed to return to Europe if he went home to secure valid new papers.
The club said it was maintaining contact with Germany's football authorities and the Bundesliga and stood firmly with Katompa Mvumpa, who now has a valid Congolese passport with corrected personal details. They are also retaining the right to take legal action against the agent.
Silas Wamangituka has revealed he’s been playing under a false identity.— DW Sports (@dw_sports) June 8, 2021
His real name is Silas Katompa Mvumpa and he’s 22, not 21.
Stuttgart say he was manipulated by his former agent, who facilitated Silas' move from Congo to Europe. pic.twitter.com/V6y4RgLYIX