How Mohammed Kudus Grew Professionally in Soccer

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Mohammed Kudus is a rising football star playing in Europe. He represents the English Premier League side Westham United and has become one of its prolific players. The right winger is just getting started in his career and has a lot of potential to become one of the best African players. In this post, we highlight his career journey.

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Mohammed Kudus’ Early Life

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Mohammad Kudus in a match between Go Ahead Eagles and Ajax. Source: Wikimedia licensed by CC-BY-2.0

Life wasn’t easy for Mohammed Kudus. He was born in Accra, Ghana and grew up in Nima, a neighborhood known for gang violence. His mother sold foodstuff at the market but didn’t need him to stay with her. She allowed him to play on the streets with other kids. 

From the beginning, Kudus got an opportunity to express himself and was a standout player. People told his mother how good he was and that encouraged her to let her son play.

When he started school, he continued playing and later joined a football academy, Strongtower FC and Dynamic Heroes Football Academy. He hoped to play professionally in Europe and thus worked to get a local club that would help his ambitions. 

He didn’t need to go that far, as he joined Right to Dream Soccer Academy, a facility owned by former Manchester United scout Tom Vernon. Kudus left home to follow his passion and it paid off. 

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Beginning of Life in Europe

Mohammad Kudus highlights. Video Credit: MShow Extra

The footballer joined the Danish club Nordsjælland, where Tom became the president. Having known Kudus from his days in Ghana, he was interested in helping him develop further. 

This was the opportunity he was preparing for and he took advantage of it. He was the ninth youngest player to debut for the team and quickly established himself. His skills and play attracted European scouts and that led him to the Netherlands.

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Ajax 

In 2020, Mohammed Kudus signed a five-year contract with Ajax. He began in the reserve team but after five games, joined the senior team. He was competing against some prolific players like Jurrien Timber and Sébastien Haller.

After two years with the club, the Ghanaian started winning awards:

  • Eredivisie Talent of the Month of May 2021.
  • SWAG Foreign Footballer of the Year 2021.
  • 2020 IFFHS CAF Youth Team of the Year.

With the departure of big-name players like Hakim Ziyech and Andre Onana, Kudus became an automatic starter in Ajax’s lineup. He continued performing at a high level as European teams showed interest in signing him. 

In the 2023/24 season, Westham United signed him on a five-year contract. Although his sign-on fee was undisclosed, he’s reportedly the second most expensive Ghanaian footballer after Thomas Partey. So far into his Westham career, Kudus has impressed fans and looks to be enjoying his time under David Moyes.

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International Career

Kudus playing for Ghana. Video Credit: YUNG BALLERS FC

Mohammed Kudus played for Ghana’s U17 and U20 teams before making his first senior international appearance. He was part of the team that represented Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The right winger is part of the squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

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Mohammed Kudus knows he could be one of the best and is showing it on the field. The change of lifestyle doesn’t seem to have affected his ambitions and if anything, he seems to be doing well. If he maintains consistency, he might as well be talked about alongside players like Andre Ayew.

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