Ghana’s exit from the World Cup stage was a mixed bag. On the one hand, it was redemption for the Black Stars. After being eliminated in the knockout phase in 2010, Ghana returned for revenge against Uruguay.
On the other hand, Ghana didn’t manage to make it to the knockout round. Despite their best efforts and an incredible game against South Korea, they could not secure a win and pass through to the next round.
It’s hard to say that this was a disappointing result for Ghana. The team has worked hard to get here, and they can be proud of their accomplishments. They also managed to eliminate arch-rivals Uruguay, which surely brought joy to their fans’ hearts!
In addition, a rising star for the Black Stars, Mohammed Kudus, brought his club form to the World Cup stage with two goals during Ghana’s campaign against South Korea.
But who is Mohammed Kudus? Why is his current stock rising? Is he worth the hype? Learn more about the player below.
Mohammed Kudus is a Black Stars rising star who has come from humble beginnings in Accra’s Nima slum. The talented midfielder recently moved to Ajax for €9,000,000 after impressing with FC Nordsjaelland and Right to Dream Academy in Europe.
Kudus was born in the small town of Accra and grew up in the Nima slum, known for its crime, gangs, and drugs.
At 12 years old, he scored six goals in one game and was scouted by Right to Dream Academy. He spent five years at the academy before moving to Europe at 17.
He joined FC Nordsjaelland, where he made his debut against Randers on January 1st, 2019. His impressive performances earned him a call-up to the first-team squad, where he made his full debut during the World Cup qualifiers.
What Makes Muhammed Kudus Sought After?
What has made Mohammed Kudus the standout player in Ghana’s opening two World Cup games? It’s no secret that he’s one of the most versatile players in Africa, and his performances in the Black Stars’ first two matches have been perfect examples of how good he is.
In the 3-2 defeat to Portugal, Kudus played as a central midfielder and provided an excellent ball into the six-yard box, which Andre Ayew could stab home.
Then in the victory over South Korea, Kudus was used on the right of Ghana’s attack as manager Otto Addo switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation and scored twice.
Black Stars’ rising star Mohammed Kudus has been the subject of transfer talk this summer, with many top European clubs said to be interested in his services.
The midfielder has seen a myriad of Europe’s top clubs come knocking since his impressive World Cup performances, which have seen him rise to prominence as one of the most exciting young players in world football.
The reason for this is not hard to work out: Kudus is an incredibly talented player who can play anywhere. His versatility means that suitors do not worry too much about where they will utilize him, as he can play multiple positions across the midfield and attack.