FIFA U20 World Cup winner Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu has tipped Ajax star Mohammed Kudus to become Ghana’s next biggest football icon should his career not be hampered by injuries.
The 20-year old has enjoyed a fine start to his international career scoring on his debut for the Black Stars against South Africa in the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cape Coast.
He scored again in the reverse fixture in Johannesburg at the FNB Stadium to help the Black Stars qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations next year.
Kudus has an exceptionally gifted left foot and has been compared to one of Ghana’s great and three-time African best player Abedi Ayew Pele.
Badu who has retired from the Black Stars says the Kudus has the potential to play to the highest level.
“I will pick Kudus [among the most promising talent] because he is a very wonderful chap,” former Udinese man Badu, who represented Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, told Citi TV.
“I have watched his games at Ajax and he is a very intelligent player and he is very confident on the ball.
“Unfortunately injuries are threatening to slow him down.
“Kudus can be one of the greatest players from Ghana, like Abedi Pele if he can stay free of injuries.”
Kudus made his Ghana debut against South Africa in 2019, scoring to help the Black Stars to a 2-0 home win in the Afcon qualifiers, only a few minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.
Days later, he made another substitute appearance as Ghana handed Sao Tome a 1-0 home defeat.
This it was little surprise that he joined Ajax from Danish side Nordsjaelland last year.
“Kudus Mohammed has fully developed well and I believe that Ajax is the gateway,” Nordsjaelland youth coach Mas-Ud Didi Draman said last year.
“He chose the right option to join Ajax despite the several offers from top European clubs. Ajax will refine him and that they will also prepare him for the top European football.
“Ajax is one of the best clubs in Europe that play good football and also develop young players.
“He will turn up to be a world-class player because of the transition we have given him here at Nordsjaelland.”