Mohammed Kudus, Ghana’s new hero. His World Cup effect shouldn’t be a surprise after his Champions League success. Unusual is his extraordinary relationship with his Ghanaian fans. Mohammed Kudus inspires those at the Right to Dream academy to follow in his footsteps, but Right to Dream, is an academy in his country. Kudus began his adventure at Boateng’s academy in eastern Ghana.
Ajax’s score against Liverpool this season ignited celebrations. Kudus’s two goals against South Korea brought delight. Therefore, the country’s heroes include Tony Yeboah, Abedi Pele, Michael Essien, and Asamoah Gyan. Kudus, 22, is that player now, not just at his old academy. “In Ghana, Kudus is everywhere.”
Mohammed Kudus inspires those at the Right to Dream academy to follow in his footsteps
His two goals against Korea have put Ghana in a solid position to qualify for Qatar’s knockout stages of the World Cup. Also, Kudus is their leading scorer and captain. It’s typical to discuss how this man was refined in Europe, a raw potential who mastered the game at Ajax after adjusting to life in Denmark with FC Nordsjaelland. Followers of his journey disagree. FC Nordsjaelland was essential.
The club gives younger players more minutes than any other top-tier squad. They helped Kudus proliferate. Tom Vernon developed the Right to Dream academy and co-owns FC Nordsjaelland. Right to Dream bought the Danish club, not vice versa.
He lived in Ghana for 17 years and said he wouldn’t change the country’s culture. Kudus didn’t need to be sculpted or saved; he just needed to shine. Kudus has done that by upholding the values of the academy. He entered as a 10-year-old, where Kamaldeen Sulemana and Kamal Sowah also played. Now successful in Europe, they want to help the next generation.
“Every time he is playing, it does not matter whether it is the Champions League or a friendly match, you will see all the kids get up and watch Kudus. Just Kudus. They just want him to score. When he scores, everyone is all over the place.”
“The coach had to find someone to build the team around who he could trust,” Boateng explains. “It is Kudus. What I like is his confidence. He goes on the field, and he shows the world Kudus. He gives respect after the game, but during the game, he goes all out.
“I love his bravery on the ball. Thus, he is powerful. He is the total package and I am so glad that the coach recognises that. He is only 22 and has two or three World Cups after this. But he is the main man now.” That reflects his ability and his character.