Hammers most important game is on Thursday evening


Hammers most important game is on Thursday evening

It could easily be argued that tomorrow evening’s match in the Afcon tournament could be the most important of West Ham‘s week.

Hammers most important game is on Thursday evening

Having been beaten without  Mohammed Kudus in their opening game against the supposed weakest team in Group B, Cape Verde, Ghana now face possibly the strongest and one of the favourites to win the competition – Egypt with Mo Salah involved for the opposition of course. If they are defeated they will remain on the bottom in a competition where the first three teams in each group move to the next stage.

Ghana will need to be a whole lot better tomorrow than they were in that opening game if they are to move off the bottom  – as they will need to have done by the end of the games in their Group – if they are to make it into the last sixteen at the end of the month.

After Egypt they meet Mozambique on January 22 and should they still be on the bottom at that stage Kudus will be on his way home. Frankly, from what we saw in that opening game Ghana are a poor side and although Kudus may improve them, the big question is by how much? Egypt managed a draw against Mozambique and looked a better team in doing so.

Kudus has become a player as important to the Hammers as Declan Rice was in his time at the club and while, from hjs point of view perhaps I’m sorry to say it, I can’t help hoping he is back with the Hammers on the 22nd.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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