Kamaldeen Sulemana: Huge Blow for Ghana as Southampton Star is Ruled Out for AFCON 2023

Kamaldeen Sulemana: Huge Blow for Ghana as Southampton Star is Ruled Out for AFCON 2023

Lukman Mumuni
updated at December 25, 2023 at 2:04 PM
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  • Kamaldeen Sulemana has suffered an injury ahead of AFCON
  • The Southampton star has been ruled out of the tournament
  • Sulemana was named in the 55-man provisional list for AFCON

Talented Ghanaian winger, Kamaldeen Sulemana is expected to miss the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast next month.

The 21-year-old Southampton star has been out with a hamstring injury since last month and it has been confirmed he will not recover in time for the continental championship.

Sulemana made his AFCON debut in Cameroon last year and was one of the brightest spots in a poor Ghana team.

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Kamaldeen Sulemana in action for Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Uruguay. Credit: @FIFAcom
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However, Southampton manager Russel Martin disclosed that Sulemana will not be fit in time for AFCON 2023.

“Kamaldeen won’t be in the squad. I’m sure I’ll chat to Chris (Hughton) about where he is in his fitness," said Martin ahead of Southampton's trip to Queens Park Rangers, as quoted by Ghana Soccernet.
“He is going to be nowhere near ready for that. He won’t go.
“Kamaldeen will be fit towards the end of January or the start of February. This could change, I don’t know (for sure)," he added.

Sulemana has struggled with injuries since the start of the season, limiting him to only 13 appearances in the Championship this season, per Transfermarkt.

Kudus hails best friend Kamaldeen Sulemana

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that West Ham star Mohammed Kudus thanked his best friend Kamaldeen Sulemana for playing a role in his seamless transition from Dutch football to the Premier League.

The Ghana international has taken the Premier League by storm following an impressive start to life in England.

Kudus has already netted nine goals for the Hammers, including a brace in last Sunday's 3-0 thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sulemana produces outrageous skills in training

Sports Brief also reported that Ghanaian winger, Kamaldeen Sulemana has been all over the internet after a video of him in training was shared by Southampton.

The 21-year-old, who is recovering from an injury that has kept him out since the start of the season, trained with the rest of his teammates this week.

Sulemana was left out of Ghana's squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Central African Republic due to the knock.

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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.