Stuttgart footballer Silas Wamangituka has revealed that his real name is Silas Katompa Mvumpa, claiming he is playing under a false identity on instructions from a former agent.
Silas, who can play on the wing or up front, scored 11 Bundesliga goals for Stuttgart in 2020-21, contributing four assists before his season ended with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
This was his second campaign with the club, as Silas joined Paris FC ahead of the 2019-20 season.
On Tuesday, Stuttgart announced that their star man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was playing under a name that was not his.
Stuttgart said Silas informed them that a former agent had pressured him to change his name and forge false documents, which also made the player one year younger as his date of birth changed from October 6, 1998 as of October 6, 1999.
“Over the past few years, I have been living in constant fear and I was also very worried about my family in Congo,” Silas said in a club statement.
“It was a difficult step for me 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 for me.”
VfB forward Silas Wamangituka recently informed the club that he had been the victim of manipulation by his former players agent and that Wamangituka was not his real name. #VfB https://t.co/b2n8W0H9LE
– VfB Stuttgart_int (@VfB_int) June 8, 2021
Stuttgart’s statement explained how Silas, in 2017, had a tryout with Belgian club Anderlecht.
Silas had received a visa to travel to Belgium, under his real name. Anderlecht, interested in signing the youngster, asked Silas to return to Congo and come back with a new visa in order to sign his contract.
“As this situation unfolded, an agent allegedly put Silas under considerable pressure in Belgium and convinced him that he would not be allowed to return to Europe if he left Belgium and returned to the Congo.” Stuttgart said in its statement.
“Silas trusted the agent and went to live with him in Paris. He then changed his identity and papers were created for him in the name of Silas Wamangituka [one of the names of his father] and with a date of birth that was exactly one year different from hers.
Silas did not sign for Anderlecht, starting his career in Europe with French minnows Ales.
Stuttgart sporting director Thomas Hitzlsperger said: “First of all, Silas fell victim to this name change.
“I have the greatest respect for the fact that at a young age he took the courageous step of clarifying his situation. We will continue to give him all the help he needs in all respects. “