Borussia Dortmund set to name 15-year-old scoring sensation Youssoufa Moukoko in Champions League squad… but he will have to wait until he turns 16 before he can play
- Youssoufa Moukoko has made Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League B-list
- German youth star qualifies for list reserved for young, homegrown talent
- But he cannot play until he turns 16 in November, according to competition rules
Borussia Dortmund are set to include 15-year-old goalscoring sensation Youssoufa Moukoko in their Champions League squad.
Although the starlet missed out on the initial 25-man squad submitted to UEFA last week, he remains eligible for inclusion in the B-list.
The B-list is reserved for young, homegrown talent, a category that the German youth international falls into.
Borussia Dortmund are to name 15-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko in Champions League squad
Erling Haaland (left) admits the German youth international is better than he was at 15
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed to Bild, via the Bundesliga website: ‘Yes, it’s true. We will register Youssoufa for the Champions League via the B-list.’
But Moukoko will have to wait until he is 16 before he can be selected, according to competition rules.
Moukoko, though, doesn’t face a long wait. He will turn 16 on November 20 and will therefore be available for Dortmund’s home game against Belgian champions Club Brugge just four days later.
If he features on November 24 he will become the youngest player in the competition’s history, beating the record held by former Chelsea defender Celestine Babayaro.
Moukoko qualifies for Dortmund’s B-list, which is reserved for young, homegrown talent
The Cameroon-born striker will have to wait until he turns 16 in November before he can play
The former Nigerian international was aged 16 years and 87 days when he played for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucharest back in 1994.
Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Co were drawn in Group F and will also face Lazio and Zenit St Petersburg, as well as Brugge, in this year’s edition.
Moukoko, born in Cameroon, has been in incredible scoring form for Dortmund since he made his debut for the Under 17s at the age of just 12.
In 86 games, the Germany Under-20 striker has plundered a stunning 134 goals.
And it did not take him long to impress Haaland, 20, who admitted in August: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 15-year-old that good.
‘He’s a lot better than I was when I was 15.’