AFCON 2021: Ajax star Mohammed Kudus finally ruled out of tourney

AFCON 2021: Ajax star Mohammed Kudus finally ruled out of tourney

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Mohammed Kudus will not join Ghana for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as he continues his recovery
  • The Ajax star missed his side's victory over Utrecht on Sunday, January 16, in the Dutch Eredivisie
  • The talented midfielder had earlier been reported to be joining the team but his manager has revealed he is not fit

Erik Ten Hag, Ajax's manager, has revealed that Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus will not be joining the Black Stars for the Africa Cup of Nations.

According to Ten Hag, the 21-year-old who could not make the bench for Ajax's match at Utrecht is yet to make fully recovery.

Mohammed Kudus has not played competitive football since picking up an injury in the game against South Africa in November 2021.

Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus in action for Ajax. SOURCE: Twitter/ @AFCAjax
AFCON 2021: Ajax star Mohammed Kudus finally ruled out of tourney. SOURCE: Twitter/ @AFCAjax
Source: Twitter
“This already proves what I’ve said all along. He is not [match] fit and it would be strange if he would join the tournament," said Ten Hag to ESPN Netherlands.

Kudus started training early this moth after joining the Dutch giants for the mid-season camping in Portugal.

He also started football works while recuperating but he is yet to be match fit, ruling him out of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, Dutch-born Ghana attacker Brian Brobbey bagged a brace as Ajax cruise to a comfortable 3-0 win on Sunday.

The 19-year-old returned to Ajax in the winter transfer window after a torrid first half to the season in Germany, with RB Liepzig.

Ghana, however, are yet to win a game at the Africa Cup of Nations after a defeat and a draw in their opening two games at the tournament.

The West African giants have to beat Comoros Island in their final group game to progress to the last 16.

Ghana arrive in Garoua for Comoros clash

Earlier, reported that, Ghana's senior national team, the Black Stars have arrived in the Northern City of Cameroon, Garoua, for the final group C game on Tuesday.

The team touched down in Garoua on Sunday morning, and will move to their hotel before training begins for their final match.

In photos posted on Twitter, sighted by, the team looks poised and ready to fight for a place in the last 16.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.