Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus will not be able to represent Ghana in the upcoming U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament due to his ineligibility based on age requirements. The chairman of the Black Meteors management committee, Frederick Acheampong, confirmed that talks were held with the Black Stars to release certain players for the U-23 squad. However, Kudus, born in the year 2000, falls outside the age bracket for participation.
While this news is disappointing for Kudus and his fans, Acheampong also announced the inclusion of talented players in the U-23 squad. Southampton winger Kamaldeen Sulemana and Ernest Nuamah, who have been excelling in the Danish Superliga, are among those who will be part of the team.
Acheampong expressed optimism in negotiating with both the players and the Black Stars technical team to secure the availability of additional players for the U-23 squad after the Black Stars’ game on the 18th. He emphasized the importance of having players like Kamaldeen and Nuamah, who would contribute significantly to the Black Meteors’ campaign.
The Black Meteors will undergo a training camp in Egypt as they prepare for the tournament, which kicks off on June 24. Their main objective is to secure qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris next year. To achieve this, they will compete against host nation Morocco, Congo, and Guinea in the group stage.
While Kudus’ absence is a setback for Ghana’s U-23 team, the inclusion of promising talents like Kamaldeen Sulemana and Ernest Nuamah provides hope for a successful campaign in the U-23 AFCON and the pursuit of Olympic qualification.