CK Akonnor backs Mohammed Kudus as potential cornerstone for Black Stars

Published on: 17 June 2024
CK Akonnor backs Mohammed Kudus as potential cornerstone for Black Stars
ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST - JANUARY 18: Mohamed Kudus of Ghana during the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations group stage match between Egypt and Ghana at Stade Felix Houphouet Boigny on January 18, 2024 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Former Black Stars coach, C.K Akonnor, has endorsed the idea of building the Ghanaian national team around the talented West Ham forward, Mohammed Kudus.

Akonnor, who spoke to Citi Sports, acknowledged the player's significant contributions to Ghana's soccer profile but emphasized that the final decision should rest with the current head coach, Otto Addo.

"He is our star we can't argue about it he is our star he is the person making waves for us as far as Ghana soccer or Ghana is concern he is the one making the name for us," Akonnor said. "So there is nothing wrong with that however it is up to the coach to know exactly what to do he is a good player young chap who has developed from the youth to this level so we should be happy to have someone like him."

Mohammed Kudus, who currently plays as a midfielder for West Ham United, featured in Ghana's recent victories. He played in the team's wins against Mali and the Central African Republic in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The former Ajax player has been lauded for his impressive performance in the Premier League this season.

As Ghana gears up for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, to be co-hosted by Canada, Mexico, and the USA, the team is currently second in Group I of the qualifiers. With nine points, Ghana is level with Comoros after four games