Tonton Zola Moukoko
|Full name||Tonton Zola Moukoko|
|Date of birth||22 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Kinshasa, Zaire|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2011-||IFK Lidingö FK|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:03, 6 August 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Moukoko arrived in Sweden aged seven or nine with his brother Fedo, after they were orphaned. He began playing with Djurgården's youth teams and came to be considered one of the most talented young players in Sweden. Moukoko was granted Swedish citizenship in Autumn 1998 and was immediately called into the Sweden U16 squad.
Moukoko joined Derby County as a 15-year-old and featured in the 1999–00 FA Youth Cup. When he signed a professional contract upon turning 17 in December 2000, it was reported that he turned down a competing offer from AC Milan. With Moukoko playing in the youths and reserves at Derby it was thought likely by fans and Moukoko himself that he would break into the first team. However, early in the 2002–03 season he returned to Sweden after suffering family problems and falling out with club management over his study arrangements.
Moukoko trained with Hammarby IF and then spent summer 2003 on trial with Falkirk FC. After he scored in a 3-0 pre-season friendly win over Queen's Park FC on 7 July 2003, the Scottish club's manager John Hughes was reported to have said: "I thought Ton Ton [sic] was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, if you had caught him in training the other day, you couldn't kick his backside, and he's a flying machine. Ton Ton [sic] lightens the place up, he is a great wee smiler and takes pelters from the boys for his hairstyles, but he is a really good kid."
Return to Sweden
England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson and his assistant Tord Grip helped Moukoko to get a contract with Carlstad United BK in the Swedish football Division 2. After a period of inactivity, he then signed a two year contract with IK Sleipner ahead of the 2007 season. After the two years Moukoko began the 2009 season with Syrianska KF in Norrköping.
IFK Lidingö FK
Moukoko achieved fame through his depiction in Championship Manager, a computer game developed by Sports Interactive. He is frequently telephoned by fans of the game, who have also set up dedicated Facebook groups.
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