Stuttgart reveals top scorer Silas played under a false identity
Bundesliga club Stuttgart have revealed that Silas Wamangituka, who was the team’s top scorer in 2020-21, is playing under a false identity.
The striker started his career in the Democratic Republic of Congo before joining French minnows Ales in 2017. A year later, he was recruited by Ligue 1 club Paris FC before Stuttgart managed to acquire him in 2019 for a five-year contract.
But the club have now disclosed details that prove their transfer documents have been tampered with.
What happened here?
Stuttgart have released a statement confirming that the player’s real name is Silas Katompa Mvumpa and that he was born in 1998, not 1999, making him 22 years old.
The club have pledged to support Silas after admitting that a former Belgian agent changed his personal details after taking control of his bank account and possession of his passport.
The Congolese striker opened up about the situation via the website, insisting that he had not been able to reveal the truth before, fearing that his family’s safety might be compromised.
“I have lived in constant fear for the past few years and I was also very worried for my family in Congo. It was a difficult step for me to reveal my story, “he said.” I only dared to do this with the support of my new consultants. I realized that I didn’t have to be afraid anymore and that we could put everything on the table together.
“I would not have dared to take this step if Stuttgart, my team and VfB had not become for me a second home where I feel safe. Today, I am very relieved, and I hope to be able too. encourage other players who have had similar experiences with agents.
“I am deeply grateful to VfB Stuttgart for all the trust and support they have shown during this time.”
Stuttgart: “We will protect him”
Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat said Silas will continue to be part of the squad and praised him for having the courage to speak out under such trying circumstances.
“Silas remains the player and the person who has marked the hearts of our fans and his teammates since being here in Stuttgart,” he said.
“Regarding the name change, he is first and foremost a victim. We will protect him accordingly. I have great respect for the fact that at a young age he was almost all alone and without knowing the consequences, he dared to take the step to clarify his situation.
“We will continue to help him in any way we can. Silas is part of the VfB family. He is also expected to play football for VfB Stuttgart in the coming season as soon as he recovers from his torn cruciate ligaments.”
Stuttgart said he would not reveal the name of Silas’ sole representative for legal reasons, but club sporting director Thomas Hitzlsperger said an investigation was underway.
“We took all measures immediately and alerted all necessary authorities after Silas told us,” he said. “We are making this matter public to emphasize that we are proceeding in a transparent manner.”
Silas’ record in Stuttgart
Over the past two seasons, Silas has made 58 appearances in all competitions for Stuttgart, scoring 21 goals.
Eleven of those tally came in the Bundesliga last season and, along with his 13 assists, helped the club to finish ninth in the standings.