SCANDAL: Lazio forced to deny their 17-year-old Cameroon prodigy Minala is 41

Published on: 4 years ago
SCANDAL: Lazio forced to deny their 17-year-old Cameroon prodigy Minala is 41
Joseph Minala, Lazio's new teenage prodigy, has been accused of being much older than his documents show

Italian club Lazio have published documents on the club website which prove that teenage midfielder Joseph Minala is not 41 years old as has been alleged.

Lazio have threatened legal action against those who have questioned the legitimacy of the age of their 17-year-old Cameroonian player Minala.

The Cameroonian provoked debate over his age after posting a series of images on his social media accounts in which he appears older than a teenager.

Lazio released a club statement threatening legal action against any party declaring false allegations about Minala's age.

"Lazio, referring to press reports relating to the age of player Joseph Minala, confirms the absolute legitimacy of the documentation filed with the federal authorities.

"We reserve the right to take action against those responsible for the protection of the good name of the company and the footballer."

Minala himself issued a statement denying the claims of age fraud.

"I have read the alleged statements posted on the website in which it says I confessed my real age which was different to what was stated in my [official] documents.

"They are false statements that have been attributed to me by people who do not know," he said.

Minala joined the Rome club last summer and recently played for them in the Viareggio Cup youth tournament.

Italian journalist Max Evangelista, who reports on Lazio's youth team, said any suggestions the player was 41 were "unbelievable".

He said Minala had scored five goals and made six assists this season for Lazio's youth team, who are the holders of the national title.

Minala is not the first African star to have his age questioned. Nigerian footballers Obafemi Martins, Nwankwo Kanu and Yakubu Aiyegbeni have all had accusations of age fraud levelled at them.

Joseph Minala caused debate over his age after posting questionable photos on Instagram
Joseph Minala caused debate over his age after posting questionable photos on Instagram
Do you think Minala is over the age of 17? Do you think he is 41? Make your views known in the box below


  • Nick Lomo
    says: 4 years ago
    From the looks , I, ll only say waaaaaaaaat?
  • johnny
    says: 4 years ago
    So he is 17, heh? I looked at the photograph, enlarged it, and looked at it again... So I say damn!!
  • Naija boy
    says: 4 years ago
    Foolish journalist if don't mention Nigerian players on the article it won't sell. Tell no Ghanaian players are age cheats.
  • Ogya
    says: 4 years ago
    Hmm, This guy looks like he is 70 years old
  • allese
    says: 4 years ago
    I call it a disgrace to African football....a grand father claiming to be 17?
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 4 years ago
    You gotta be fucking kidding me to say this man is 17 yr, not in this life time. Just take a fucking look at his face, his neck alone is 25 yrs not to talk about his well built muscles. No wonder most African players dont last in their professional careers especially when they reach their prime. 17 yrs my ass!! WTF 17 yrs paaaa? At least 25 or 26 yrs would have been okay but 17? This is fucking insane!!
  • Assisi
    says: 4 years ago
    OMG. He must be kidding. Unbelievable. This is obvious that he is at least 30 years old.
  • kpkp
    says: 4 years ago
    This is what poverty can do.
  • Jesus Fanatic
    says: 4 years ago
    Ahahahahaha this dude is killing it .Lol. dude is at least 35 years old . Kwasia boy we waiting for the next 5 years to see if u still active. Dauda juju am for me please. Bless
  • Yaw
    says: 4 years ago
    the dude looks like he's 45
  • askantwi
    says: 4 years ago
    He is definitely 45, or more.