Ghana star Kudus Mohammed shortlisted for African Footballer of the Year award


Ghana and English Premier League side West Ham United FC starboy Kudus Mohammed has been nominated for the 2023 Africa player of the year award, CAF has confirmed.


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the list for the prestigious award on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 with Kudus being one of the only two Ghanaians making the 30-man shortlist.


The Black Stars midfielder has been recognized for his outstanding performance for the club and country between November 2022 and September 2023 for both club and country.


Kudus enjoyed an amazing campaign last term, racking up 18 goals in all competitions for Ajax last season. His top performance did not go unnoticed as he secured a big money move in the last transfer window to join Premier League side West Ham United.


Since joining West Ham, he has established himself as a key cog to the side, scoring three goals across competitions for the Hammers.


The former FC Nordjaelland star also contributed immensely to the Black Stars during the 202 World Cup tournament in Qatar. Despite Ghana’s early exit, Kudus scored two goals and provided one assist in the three games he played.


Senegal forward Sadio Mane was crowned CAF African Player of the Year during the last Awards Gala in July 2022 in Rabat, Morocco.


Per statement released by CAF, the ceremony will be held on Monday, December 11, 2023, in the city of Marrakesh, Morocco.


Player of the Year (Men) Nominees:


Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria and Borussia Dortmund)

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Al Ahli)

Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso and Bayer Leverkusen)

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon and SSC Napoli)

Vincent Aboubacar (Cameroon and Besiktas)

Ibrahima Sangare (Cote d’Ivoire and Nottingham Forest)

Seko Fofana (Cote d’Ivoire and Al Nassr)

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo and Olympique Marseille)

Fiston Mayele (DR Congo and Pyramids)

Mahmoud Abdel Moneim “Kahraba” (Egypt and Ahly)

Mohamed Abdelmonem (Egypt and Al Ahly)

Mohamed ElShenawy (Egypt and Al Ahly)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)

Mohammed Kudus (Ghana and West Ham United)

Thomas Partey (Ghana and Arsenal)

Serhou Guirassy (Guinea and VfB Stuttgart)

Yves Bissouma (Mali and Tottenham Hotspur)

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Paris Saint-Germain)

Azzedine Ounahi (Morocco and Olympique Marseille)

Hakim Ziyech (Morocco and Galatasaray)

Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco and Manchester United)

Yahya Jabrane (Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club)

Yassine Bounou (Morocco and Al Hilal)

Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco and Sevilla)

Peter Shalulile (Namibia and Mamelodi Sundowns)

Victor Osimhen (Nigeria and SSC Napoli)

Sadio Mane (Senegal and Al Nassr)

Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal and Tottenham Hotspur)

Percy Tau (South Africa and Al Ahly)

Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Tunisia and Ferencvaros)

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