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Mohammed Kudus  is one of Ghana’s most brilliant player and an emerging household personality  who won the hearts of many Ghanaians during the 2022 FIFA  World Cup.  Kudus was born in Accra, Ghana, and grew up in the suburb of Nima and  started playing football at a young age.

He joined the Right to Dream Academy, a football academy based in Ghana that aims to develop young talent and provide educational opportunities.

Kudus began his professional football career with Ghanaian club Nordsjælland in 2018. While he was there he  quickly established himself as a key player for the club, and his performances earned him a move to Dutch club Ajax in July 2020.

Kudus made his debut for Ajax on September 13, 2020, in a match against Sparta Rotterdam. He scored his first goal for the club in his second appearance, in a 2–1 win against Waalwijk. Unfortunately,  Kudus suffered a serious knee injury in his third appearance for the club, which kept him out of action for several months. However, after recovering from his knee injury, Kudus returned to the Ajax squad in January 2021.

He quickly regained his stamina and helped the team reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League, where they were eventually knocked out by AS Roma. Kudus also played a vital role in helping Ajax retain the Dutch Cup, scoring a goal in the final against Vitesse Arnhem. In the 2021-22 season, he  continued to impress for Ajax, contributing several goals and assists as the team competed in both the Eredivisie and the Champions League.

Kudus  represented Ghana in international competitions, including the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, an event that  saw a spectacular display of raw and rich talent . He scored his first international goal for Ghana in a World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe in September 2021.

The bright champion, recently transferred to West Ham  from Ajax where  Hammers will pay an initial €41.5m and €3m in performance-related add-ons for the midfielder, in his signed  five-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

West Ham signs Mohammed Kudus, Image credit (West Ham official website)

“I try my best to entertain the fans as I think that’s what football is all about. I’m just here to do my best and help the team. I’m really happy to be here. I will fight for the badge. I can’t wait to get started,” Kudus told club’s official website.


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