In one of the more bizarre stories of the week, VfB Stuttgart striker Silas Wamangituka has been suspected of using a false identity, according to reports in France.
L’Équipe have published an extraordinary report today that claims the summer signing from Paris FC is using a false name.
The 20-year-old, at least that’s what we’re led to believe, moved to the Mercedes Benz Arena for more than €8 million over the summer after scoring 11 goals in France’s Ligue 2 last season. He has scored four goals in his first 12 games in Germany, with each of those goals coming in his last six matches.
However, L’Équipe are led to believe that Silas Wamangituka isn’t who he claims he is, but rather, his real name is Silas Mvumpa Katompa. The player refused to speak to the French newspaper to deny these allegations.
Wamangituka joined Paris FC in early 2018, following a trial. In August that year, he made his professional debut. Here’s where the story gets interesting. In autumn of 2018, Max Mokey Nza-Ngi, the president of a Congolese team called Football Club MK, contacted Olivier Belesi, a Congolese lawyer, and Pierre Dréossi, the general manager of Paris FC, with a proposal. In one of the emails that L’Équipe has read, it states:
“Proposal for amicable settlement over the fraudulent transfer of our player Mvumpa Katompa Silas to the Paris FC club under the name of Silas Wamangituka.”
The head of this club is convinced that Silas Wamangituka is none other than Silas Mvumpa Katompa – a player who joined his side in 2015 after having played for two other clubs in Kinshasa; AC Matonge and ES Grace. Born on 6 October 1998, this player played for the DR Congo international at youth level. However, this identity has completely disappeared for over two years.
“Silas Wamangituka” claims to have been born on 6 October 1999. The resemblance in photos of the two players is striking. So why the change of identity? This is what allowed the player to join Alès for nothing, whilst he was really under contract with Football Club MK. So, when he signed for Paris FC in 2018, he had a passport with the name of Silas Wamangituka. However, when he applied for his Schengen Visa to enter Europe in June 2017, he did so on behalf of Silas Mvumpa Katompa.
It appears that Nza-Ngi has sought to take advantage of this issue. In exchange for his silence, he expressed the wish to be “compensated” and also wanted “10% of any future transfer by Paris FC”, as per emails read by L’Équipe.
Paris FC General Manager Dréossi has confirmed that this occurred:
“But at no time did Paris FC pay this club any money. We had the papers, Silas’ passport, his residence permit. Everything was in order for us. If there is a problem, it is in the Congo that it occurred. So you have to see there. And then, this president also sent us a little later another letter to explain that he had ‘come to an arrangement’ with FC Matete. He definitely meant a financial arrangement. Anyway, with African clubs, it often happens. As soon as a player shines, everyone wants their share…”
L’Équipe have been expecting “several documents” from Pierre Dréossi, but the Paris FC General Manager has not responded to the outlet since 20 November. As for Max Mokey Nza-Ngi, he refused to explain himself when he was asked by the newspaper, saying:
“I do not know you. Who are you? If you want answers, you must come to Congo!”
As for the player, Silas Wamangituka has scored four goals in 12 2. Bundesliga appearances for VfB Stuttgart this season, really finding his form over the past month or so. in fact, his performances have caught the eye of DR Congo national team manager Christian Nsengi-Biembe, though has yet to be called up to the senior squad, due to administrative problems. Nsengi-Biembe explained:
“I would like to, but I can’t. There is an administrative problem, a passport problem. This is what Dodo Landu told me… we’ve heard a lot of things, in particular that he was an asylum seeker. But also that there is an identity problem. We wait. One thing is certain, we’ve never heard of this Silas Wamangituka in DR Congo.”
It will be interesting to see where the investigation goes from here and whether Stuttgart will lose their player in the near future…