Kudus Mohammed made his much anticipated UEFA Champions League debut on Wednesday night as his team, Ajax Amsterdam hosted 6-time European Champions Liverpool.
But much like the player, Ghanaians who had tuned into the game to catch a glimpse of the 20-year old in action were left disappointed after he picked up a knee injury just 6 minutes into the game.
Kudus had been making waves in the Dutch league since joining Ajax from FC Nordsjalland and picked up two Man of the Match awards in his three games played so far.
Collision resulting in Kudus injury. Surprisingly, Macca says it’s not a foul, but the strikers gone off with knee injury. pic.twitter.com/5Z5F20DLkX
— Andrew Kirby ✈️✈️✈️ (@AK4INSURANCE) October 21, 2020
But what should have been an opportunity to show his talent to a much wider audience, ended in a nightmare, leaving many Ghanaians taking to social media to vent their frustrations.
Here is a selection of some tweets following Kudus’ injury.
At his local neighborhood in Nima, Accra where many had gathered to watch Kudus, tears flowed after the injury.
Sad mood here in Nima where we are watching Ajax's UCL game against Liverpool. They came here for @KudusMohammedGH but will have to sit through the rest of the match watching others play. Kudus' senior brother in the shot close to tears. #3Sports #UCL pic.twitter.com/HLbp1rjxwC
— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) October 21, 2020
Joy Sports journalist George Addo Jnr said he could not continue to watch the game after Kudus picked up the injury.
Painful to watch!!!🇬🇭
Kudus debut in the Uefa champions league cut short by injury..Hopefully not a bad injury..
— george addo jnr (@addojunr) October 21, 2020
Mohammed Kudus is out so I'm also out I won't watch the game again😭😭😭
— Sb Orlando🇬🇭👻😇 (@gyaigyiimi) October 21, 2020
No Kudus no watching. 📺 Bayern v ATM now.
— Felix Romark © (@FelixRomark) October 21, 2020
Kudus gets injured after about six minutes into his UCL debut. Bummer!!!
— Nathan Quao (@nathan_quao) October 21, 2020
Kudus hurt. I no go watch again. I bore!
— Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo (@Fentuo_) October 21, 2020
Kudus was a big miss for Ajax. A real game changer unfortunately cuz of his injury. He really would have troubled us..
— It is well with us (@kedem2134) October 21, 2020
Ajax say a scan and diagnosis will be conducted to determine the severity of the injury to Kudus who had just returned from an injury lay-off that forced him to miss Ghana’s two friendly games against Mali and Qatar early this month.
The Ajax Manager, Erik Ten Hag said of Kudus’ injury: ”Kudus’ injury was disappointing but we easily found a replacement. You saw that when Promes came on and the system stayed the same. I can’t give you any details on Kudus situation because it’s just after the game. We have to wait for the exact diagnosis.”