Three Hammers on duty


West Ham United duo Mohammed Kudus (pictured below) and Saïd Benrahma have both been included in the Ghana and Algerian squads for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers being played this week.

Ghana squad for a vital Group E qualifier against Central African Republic, while Algeria squad – managed by former Hammer Chris Hughton – face a Group F tie with Tanzania.

Ghana will host Central African Republic at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Thursday 7 September

Kudus has been a central figure in the West African nation’s qualifying campaign, scoring in a 3-0 home win over Madagascar and 1-1 draw in Central African Republic.

The 23-year-old, who joined the Hammers from Ajax in August, has become a vital member of Ghana’s squad in recent years, and has seven goals in 24 appearances for his country.

Kudus Ghana

Benrahma, meanwhile, is in the Algeria squad for a home Group F tie with Tanzania in Annaba on Thursday evening.

Nayef Aguerd has been called into the Morocco squad who have also already qualified for AFCON. They face Liberia in their final Group K qualifier and Burkina Faso in a friendly international.

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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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