By Angu Lesley
Youssoufa Moukoko has recieved a huge setback in his quest to assemble a run of games under his belt and or participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Cameroon.
Dortmund’s medical reports of examinations conducted on the injury suffered during the 1-1 draw against Augsburg in last Wednesday’s German Bundesliga encounter has revealed that the forward has damaged his Hamstring, kick442.com can report.
Medical estimations suggest that the goal poacher who has made 11 Bundesliga appearances this season, scoring once and provided two assists could be out for a minimum of a month.
Moukoko thus enlarges the injury list for Dortmund who initially had Erling Haaland, Manuel Akanji, Giovanni Reyna, Dan-Axel Zagadou in the treatment room.
The injury is certainly a setback to the staff of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
The 17-year old striker whose international career has been a subject of discussion in the Cameroon media and beyond in the past two years seems to be on his way home despite Germany also indicating interest in his services. The injury changes everything.
Germany expressed their desire to have the striker on board in the past; “In Youssoufa, we have an extraordinary talent in Germany, who we want to nurture with caution and accordingly to his performance. After close discussions with Borussia Dortmund, we decided to call up him up, because we think his participation will help both the team and his own development,” Germany Under-21 trainer Stefan Kuntz was quoted by Goal.com last year, but talks about meetings with Samuel Eto’o,president of the Cameroon Football Federation,FECAFOOT last December and the efforts from Cameroon’s minister of Sports and Physical Education Narcisse Mouelle Kombi plus coach Rigobert Song could have turned the player’s head in favour of Cameroon if he was fit.
Moukoko who set a new appearance record in the Bundesliga in November 2020 and a new scorer record a month later scored his first Bundesliga goal of the ongoing season and the fourth in two seasons in the competition is certainly a bright prospect.
The teenager who was born in Yaounde Cameroon moved to Germany less than a decade ago.
Former Indomitable of Lions Cameroon head coach António Conceição Da Silva Oliviera had openly expressed his admiration of the boy’s talent and revealed the technical staff were working on getting him on board.
Going by FIFA laws, playing for the U21s of a national selection like Moukoko for did with Germany still leaves a player open to a switch of nationality.
Moukoko joined Dortmund’s academy ranks in 2016 from St Pauli and graduated to the senior squad last year and has since played 15 games for the first team, scoring thrice, at 17.
Last year, Cameroonian Football Coach and enthusiast, Augustin Kwamo-Kamdem who masterminded Moukoko’s development in Germany revealed the various means through which Cameroon could get German-based youngster.
Kwamo-Kamdem, renowned for his works in Germany, having trained the likes of Ghanaian legend and former Deputy General Secretary of CAF, Anthony Baffoe and German legend Lukas Podolski, said Cameroon through the FA needs to get the right people capable of convincing the potential Indomitable Lion, to talk to the promising star on the possibilities of him switching to represent Cameroon. The new FECAFOOT executive has being very active in that front.
Moukoko’s elder brother Borel Moukoko recently signed for Cameroon Elite One Championship side APEJES of Mfou. In all, his family has very strong ties in Cameroon, so if he confirms his availability it won’t be a tough task settling in but he must first recover from his second injury of the season.
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