Silas Katompa Mvumpa, more commonly known as Silas Wamangituka, was one of the stars of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season, gaining traction for VFB Stuttgart and his native Congolese national team in the process. Yesterday, almost two years after making his debut for Stuttgart, the young attacker made headlines by revealing the truth about his identity.
The Congolese forward admitted that his real name is actually Silas Katompa Mvumpa and not Silas Wamangituka. The former Paris FC forward, also revealed that he was one year older, as his real birth year is 1998, rather than 1999 which had been in all of the footballing databases to this point. All this Mvumpa attributed to his agent.
THE CHANGE OF IDENTITY
The story of Mvumpa’s identity change is a strange one, with his former agent at the forefront of the peculiarities. Mvumpa was reportedly pressured to move to France by his former representative, and live with him while playing for Paris FC. The agent subsequently changed Mvumpa’s date of birth and last name, stripping him of his true identity. Stuttgart came to the defense of Silas, claiming that the agent coerced him into the identity change and that the surname Wamangituka, which appears in his now falsified documentation, is one of the names of his father.
LIVING WITH FEAR
In the club’s statement, Silas explained that he couldn’t reveal the truth as he was afraid that his family in Congo would end up paying the consequences. In his words, he 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.”
While the German Football Federation is believed to be investigating the case, VFB Stuttgart have shown their support for the three time Bundesliga Rookie of the Month award winner.
The club released this statement:
“With the support of VfB and a new agent, Silas has been working intensively on clearing up the situation and finally received the corresponding official documentation from Democratic Republic of Congo a few days ago”.
The 22 year-old had what was a season to remember in the 2020-21 Bundesliga season, as his 11 goals and 4 assists bagged him not only 3 Rookie of the month awards, but attention from some of the biggest teams across Europe. Now that this is all cleared up, Silas can stop living in fear, and that could help take his career to even greater heights.