Bundesliga ‘rookie of the year’ been playing under false identity "in fear"

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Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart has startlingly revealed that striker Silas Wamangituka has been the 'victim of manipulation' by his former agent.

Wamangituka is not his real name and he is also 22 years old, a year older than previously believed.

The player's real name is Silas Katompa Mvumpa and Stuttgart have revealed that they have been working with Silas and a new agent to get him a valid passport from his native Congo.

In a statement, the club said he "finally received the corresponding official documentation from Democratic Republic of Congo a few days ago."

Speaking to Stuttgart's website, Silas said: "Over the past few years, I was constantly living in fear and was also very worried for my family in Congo.

"It was a tough step for me to take to make my story public and I would never have had the courage to do so if Stuttgart, my team and VfB had not become like a second home and a safe place to me."

The forward, who was recently named Bundesliga Rookie of the Season, is said to have been manipulated by his former agent who 'changed his identity'.

The agent is said to have had documentation created for Silas with the fake name and fake date of birth, with Stuttgart stating that 'Silas was under the influence of the agent who syphoned off part of his wages and threatened him that he would never play football again if the matter ever became public'.

Having opened up about the situation to Stuttgart after joining the club back in 2019, Silas was able to change agents and he 'now has a valid Congolese passport with his correct personal details'.

Stuttgart's sporting director Sven Mislintat said: "First and foremost, Silas has been the victim of this change of name.

"I have the greatest respect for the fact that at a young age, he has taken the brave step to clarify his situation.

"We will continue to give him all the help he needs in absolutely every respect."

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