Mohammed Kudus: Mali Legend Frederic Kanoute Tips West Ham Star for African Player of the Year Award

Mohammed Kudus: Mali Legend Frederic Kanoute Tips West Ham Star for African Player of the Year Award

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2024 at 2:14 AM
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  • Frederic Kanoute has tipped Mohammed Kudus for the top African footballer award
  • The West Ham midfielder has been impressive in his maiden campaign in England
  • Kanoute won the African Player of the Year Award while playing for Sevilla in 2007

Former Mali forward, Frederic Kanoute, believes Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus has the potential of winning the Africa Player of the Year.

The 23-year-old has taken the English Premier League by storm in just his first season, starring for West Ham United in the ongoing campaign.

Kudus has already netted 13 goals across all competitions, with seven in the Premier League as West Ham continue their pursuit of an European place finish.

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Sevilla legend Frederic Kanoute praises Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus. Credit: @Sevilla @WestHam
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Kanoute, the 2007 African Player of the Year, has been impressed with the performances of the West Ham star, insisting he has what it takes to be on top.

"He is really really talented. He has everything, he has strength, running forwards, he can play different positions. Still quite young and I think he is one of the most exciting African players around these days. So yes, he definitely has a chance for me," said Kanoute on the Irons Podcast, as spotted on social media.

The Sevilla striker spent three seasons at West Ham United, scoring 27 goals in 76 appearances before signing for Tottenham Hotspurs in 2003.

Meanwhile, Kudus joined the London club last summer after a trophy-laden spell with Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, as reported by West Ham.

Kudus wins Goal of the Month

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus won the Goal of the Month award for the third time at West Ham United.

The 23-year-old's sensational solo goal against Freiburg was adjudged the best goal in March.

Kudus weaved his way through a sea of Freiburg players after receiving the ball in his own half, before firing past their goalkeeper with his weaker foot.

Kudus unleashes new hairstyle

Sports Brief also reported that Mohammed Kudus was all over social media after changing his hairstyle before West Ham United's game against Newcastle United.

The 23-year-old arrived at St James' Park spotting a new look, with a dreadlocks inspired fit.

Kudus, again, was in superb form for the Hammers, scoring and providing an assist in the 4-3 defeat to the Magpies.

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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.