Mohammed Kudus: West Ham United and Ghana Star Tipped to Win Ballon d'Or

Mohammed Kudus: West Ham United and Ghana Star Tipped to Win Ballon d'Or

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • West Ham United ace Mohammed Kudus scored a brace on his AFCON debut
  • Jeremy Seethal, his former coach has predicted a bright future for the player
  • Ghana will next face Mozambique at the Nations Cup for a place in the last 16

Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus hogged the headlines at the Africa Cup of Nations after netting a brace against Egypt on his debut.

Having missed the opening game due to an injury, the West Ham United star stole the show in the biggest game of Group B with his Man of the Match performance.

His dazzling display has seen him being mentioned in the Ballon d'Or argument, with one of his former coaches Jeremy Seethal predicting a podium finish for the 23-year-old.

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Mohammed Kudus in action for Ghana against Egypt at AFCON. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars
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Seethal nurtured Kudus at the Right to Dream Academy and believes the talented attacker is a Ballon d'Or hopeful.

“Give it two years, Kudus will be the best African player. I’m confident one day he will win the Ballon d’Or," Seethal told The Athletic.
“Everyone has seen his growth. Now he’s shining at the highest level. He’s a superstar.”

Kudus has already netted ten goals across all competitions for West Ham United after joining the club from Ajax Amsterdam in the summer transfer window, per Transfermarkt.

The former FC Nordsjaelland midfielder is already attracting interest from top clubs following his electric start to life in London.

Kudus scores brace on AFCON debut

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that West Ham United forward Mohammed Kudus scored a brace as Ghana drew with Egypt on his Africa Cup of Nations debut on Thursday.

Kudus twice gave Ghana the lead before costly mistakes from his teammates ended with the two teams sharing the spoils at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium in Abidjan.

Before the game, Kudus' fitness was a huge concern for Ghana as he had to be assessed in the last 24 hours to be declared ready for the match.

Gyan, EPL and West Ham praise Kudus

Sports Brief also reported that Mohammed Kudus received praise for his magnificent display on his Africa Cup of Nations debut for the Black Stars in the game against Egypt.

The West Ham United forward scooped the Man of the Match award after netting twice as Egypt fought back to share the spoils with the Black Stars in a thrilling Group B encounter.

While his fitness was a source of worry for many, coach Chris Hughton surprised fans after starting the 23-year-old.

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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.