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From Nima to London: The rise and rise of Ghana and West Ham midfielder Mohammed Kudus

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Every cloud indeed has a silver lining, Nima a suburb of Accra (Ghana) a town known for hooliganism, stubbornness, and their towering rages, produced a world-class talent Mohammed Kudus.

Similar to his playing style, his eagerness, strength, and never-say-die spirit a typical of where he was born and bred. Nima has produced some of the finest emerging talents including Kamaldeen Sulemana and Majeed Ashimeru.

Kudus was invited to Strong Towers FC (a Colts team in Nima) at the age of 10 by the coach after seeing him playing football on the streets. He Needed just a year to be recognised by various scouts over the country playing for his coast team.

An 11-year-old playing in a football match single handedly carried his team (Strong Tower), coached by Ayoba in Nima in a 6-6 draw match having scored all six goals. The ‘little boy’ named ‘world best’ by coach Ayoba had coaches and scouts around which included a scout from Right To Dream seeking permission to speak to this little gem.

After all the conversations, Kudus joined Right To Dream Academy a Ghanaian based talent development hub that year. The academy also brought up talents like Soouthampon’s Kamaldeen and Ernest Nuamah who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Lyon. Kudus then represented the famous academy for six years, playing and captaining his team in games all over the world.

Called up for Ghana’s team for the 2017 AFCON, the 23-year-old played an instrumental role in the tournament with the likes of Gideon Mensah, Emmanuel Roku, Eric Ayiah and the most known and wanted talent of at the time, Aminu Mohammed who later joined Manchester City academy.

Kudus then got his move to Nordsjaelland in 2018), a sister club of Right To Dream academy a few days after his 18th birthday.

The skillful, lethal, and ball-carrying monster slotted into the Nordsjaelland first team after his transfer, netting 11 goals in his maiden season at the club.

18 months later, he got a dream move to the best club in the Netherlands and one of the best talent development hub in the world Ajax in 2020. He featured in 87 games, scored 27 goals, and recorded 12 assists for the club. He helped the club win the Eredivisie twice and the Dutch Cup.

Three years later, the former Right To Dream graduate and Ajax player earned a deserved move to the London based club West Ham United.

Already, the 2023 Footballer of the Year has become the 2nd most expensive Ghanaian player following Thomas Partey’s move to Arsenal from Atletico Madrid in 2020.

Ghanaians are more than excited to have heard the news of their beloved one. We wish our boy all the best in this new challenge. Go smash it Mo!

Story by Stefan Nana Ansah

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