Kwesi Appiah Reveals Threats For Mohammed Kudus Callup to Black Stars
- Ex Ghana coach has revealed how he almost lost his job for inviting Mohammed Kudus
- The then Ghana coach gave the then teen sensation his Black Stars debut
- Kudus scored on his maiden appearance for Ghana as the Black Stars beat South Africa
Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has made a stunning revelation about his decision to invite Mohammed Kudus to the Black Stars.
Appiah gave the then FC Nordsjaelland player his Black Stars debut in a game against South Africa in Cape Coast.
Before the game, Appiah received threats his Black Stars career will be over if he fields the 19-year-old.
Kudus, a second half substitute, went on to score the goal that sealed victory for Ghana against the Bafana Bafana.
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“Not only [Mohammed] Kudus but some other young players. There were people who felt the young players didn’t deserve the Black Stars call-up,” he told Dan Kweku Yeboah TV as quoted by myjoyonline.
“But for me, I had watched them and I believed them. I always told my players don’t prove to me, prove to Ghanaians. If you do well that’s for your own good.
“My job was on the line because I was warned that if I lost the match I will be sacked. I didn’t mind because I knew I was doing what was good for the country.”
A year later Kudus earned a move to Ajax and has since been a key figure at the senior national team.
The 22-year-old was Ghana's brightest spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, scoring two goals in three matches.
Kudus spotted playing street football
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ajax star Mohammed Kudus has returned to Ghana for holidays before the resumption of the Dutch Eredivisie next year.
The 22-year-old was Ghana's brightest spot at the just ended World Cup in Qatar, and he is currently on the radar of several clubs.
Kudus scored two goals and provided an assist in three matches as the Black Stars suffered group stage elimination.
Kudus honoured in Nima
Mohammed Kudus has been presented with a trophy of recognition by the people of his hometown, Nima, following his outstanding display at the World Cup.
The Ajax midfielder is in Ghana for the holidays after an impressive first half to the season, where he scored 10 goals across all competitions for his club.
At the World Cup, Kudus was Ghana's brightest spot, scoring two goals and providing an assist in three games.
Source: Sports Brief News