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DR Congo call up forward who played with false identity

Then known as Silas Wamangituka, the forward had been voted as the Bundesliga rookie of the season in 2020-21 after scoring 13 goals in all competitions.

In Summary

• Mvumpa was in fact born on October 6, 1998, making him a year older than the documents he had been using as Wamangituka stated.

• Desabre has also included a number of experienced players like Yoane Wissa of Brentford and Marseille team-mates Chancel Mbemba and Cedric Bakambu.

VfB Stuttgart striker Silas Katompa Mvumpa
VfB Stuttgart striker Silas Katompa Mvumpa
Image: FILE

Silas Katompa Mvumpa has received his first DR Congo call-up 15 months after admitting that he was playing under a false identity.

The 23-year-old, who plays for German club Stuttgart, was suspended for three months and fined 30,000 euros ($29,975) by the German football association (DFB) in June 2021 after confessing he was using fake documents.

Then known as Silas Wamangituka, the forward had been voted as the Bundesliga rookie of the season in 2020-21 after scoring 13 goals in all competitions.

Mvumpa was in fact born on October 6, 1998, making him a year older than the documents he had been using as Wamangituka stated.

He had claimed he was put under pressure by a former representative and had been “constantly living in fear”.

Having started all of Stuttgart’s seven matches this season, new DR Congo coach Sebastien Desabre has now named Mvumpa in the Leopards’ 28-man squad to face Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone in Morocco on 23 and 27 September respectively.

Desabre has also included a number of experienced players like Yoane Wissa of Brentford and Marseille team-mates Chancel Mbemba and Cedric Bakambu.

Former France youth international Arnaud Lusamba of Alanyaspor is also handed a maiden call-up.

Injury rules out Gael Kakuta while Marcel Tisserand and Christian Luyindama are also missing from the Morocco trip.

Domestic-based stars Baggio Siadi, Kinzumbi Philippe, Issaka Boka and Mika Miche have all been drafted in.

Frenchman Desabre took charge of the Leopards in August, five months after the two-time African champions suffered a 2022 World Cup play-off defeat by Morocco, losing 5-2 on aggregate.

The 46-year-old succeeded Argentine Hector Cuper, who was sacked in June after the Leopards lost their first two qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Desabre has previously managed club sides in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, and spent 18 months in charge of Uganda - including managing the Cranes at the 2019 Nations Cup.

DR Congo will not play another competitive game until March next year after September’s 2023 Nations Cup qualifiers were rescheduled.

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