Mohammed Kudus: David Moyes Laments Over Absence of Ghana Ace Ahead of AFCON 2023

Mohammed Kudus: David Moyes Laments Over Absence of Ghana Ace Ahead of AFCON 2023

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • David Moyes has been speaking over the absence of Mohammed Kudus for AFCON
  • The Ghana international will join two other teammates for the tournament next year
  • Kudus has been one of West Ham's key players since joining from Ajax Amsterdam

West Ham United manager David Moyes has expressed disappointment over the impending absence of Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus and his African teammates for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Hammers will lose Kudus to Ghana, Nayef Aguerd to Morocco and Said Benrahma to Algeria in January and February next year.

The trio have been key to Moyes' team, playing a role in the comeback win over Tottenham Hotspurs last night in the English Premier League.

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Mohammed Kudus in action for West Ham United against Tottenham. Credit: @WestHam
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Kudus had an involvement in the build-up to Jarrod Bowen's equalizer for West Ham. Cristian Romero had given Spurs the lead after 11 minutes before James Ward-Prowse scored the winner in the final 15 minutes.

"We’ve got Mo Kudus, and we’ve also got Saïd Benrahma from Algeria and Nayef Aguerd from Morocco. It’s great that we’re bringing West Ham to other parts of the world and getting eyes on our Club," Moyes told West Ham TV.
"The disappointing bit, and the thing we’ll need to manage, is losing those players for a month during the African Cup Of Nations. But that’s part of it," he added.

Kudus has scored six goals across all competitions for the London outfit since joining the club in the summer transfer window from Ajax, per Transfermarkt.

Moyes heaps praise on Mohammed Kudus

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that West Ham United manager, David Moyes admitted that Mohammed Kudus' quick adaptation to the English Premier League has surprised him.

The Ghana international is enjoying an impressive campaign so far after joining the Hammers in the summer transfer window from Ajax Amsterdam.

Kudus has netted six goals across all competitions, with three of those coming in the English top flight.

Kudus wins West Ham's Goal of the Month

Sports Brief also reported that Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus won West Ham's Goal of the Month for November.

The 23-year-old's scissor-kick goal against Brentford won the goal of the month, making it the second in a row for the former Ajax star.

Kudus' first Premier League goal, which was against Newcastle United was adjudged the best for October.

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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.