Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Yussuf Ayila Is Older Than He Claims - Team Doctor

Dynamo Kiev defender Ayila Yussuf, who spent last season on loan in Metalist Kharkiv was accused by doctor Leonid Mironov for being much older than it is stated in his official documents.

Officially 29-year old Yussuf came to Dynamo Kiev in 2003. He spent almost his entire career with the Ukrainian team, except short-term loans to Orduspor and recently finished to Metalist.Ayila

Yet his age was never part of a public debate, but finally team’s doctor decided to share his opinion with local media. When asked about Yussuf’s age Mironoy answered: „This is a little-known, but much more than declared in official documents.

If you prefer, you can check this, it is elementary.” – as quoted by So far there are no consequences of his words, but if they were true Yussuf could be severely punished, as it would be the violation of FIFA rules.

His papers however were also approved by Nigerian and Ukrainian Football Federations. Interestingly Yussuf is known in Ukraine as „Grandfather Yussuf”, but this nickname was never created as an insult or as a metaphor of his age.

It was simply used by younger players of Dynamo, because for them Yussuf has been in the club as long as they can remember. Ayila Yussuf hasn’t yet commented on those accusations.

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