|Intro||Democratic Republic of the Congo footballer|
Association football player
Democratic Republic of the Congo
|Birth||22 December 1983, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
Tonton Zola Moukoko (born 22 December 1983) is a Congolese-born Swedish footballer, who is currently manager of Kongo United FC.
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.
At the time many of Europe’s leading clubs were interested in signing Moukoko and in April 1999 he trained with Bologna FC and Empoli.
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.
Moukoko moved to the Finnish club Atlantis FC during the 2009 season. He played in 10 games and failed to score as the club were relegated from the Ykkönen.
IFK Lidingö FK
In 2013 Moukoko is playing for IFK Lidingö FK and coaching one of the club’s youth teams.
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.