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Kudus missing for Ajax while Haller and Madueke get big performances on the opening day of Eredivisie

The Ghana striker was not in the Lancers’ squad as they started their league season in Amsterdam

Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus was left out when Ajax opened their Eredivisie title defense on Saturday with a 5-0 victory over NEC Nijmegen.

After sustaining an injury during a pre-season clash with Belgian fold Anderlecht last month, the striker could not solve his ankle problem as the Lancers welcomed Rogier Meijer’s outfit at Johan Cruyff Stadium.

In his absence, Ivory Coast striker Sebastien Haller, Morocco’s fullback Noussair Mazraoui and captain Dusan Tadic (two) stood up to score for Erik Ren Hag’s men, who contributed to Bart van Rooij’s goal.

According to coach Ten Hag, after some time Kudus would rejoin the rest of the Ajax squad to train with him.

However, the striker, who was named in Ghana’s provisional 30 for their upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa, could not recover in time and denied the Lancers his services for the first match.

However, Ajax were uncomfortable when Haller broke the deadlock in the sixth minute, connecting with Mazraoui’s cross from the right to send the ball into the net from close range.

Four minutes later, the Moroccan turns from supplier to finish, running towards the farthest pole to push Tadic’s cross into the net.

Van Rooij puts the ball in his own net and makes it 3-0 for Ajax before Tadic adds his name to the counting list with a lightning shot into the roof of the net from inside the box.

Tadic then adds the cherry to the cake with his second late.

Elsewhere on Saturday, English U21 striker of Nigerian descent, Noni Madueke, found the back of the net when PSV Eindhoven scored a 2-0 win over Heracles Almelo over Erve Asito.

The 19-year-old winger scored a little after the hour to contribute to the start of Bruma to ensure a triumphant start to their Eredivisie season.

Ghanaian right-back Robin Polley, who completed a move to Heracles from Ado Den Haag earlier this week, was not in the squad.

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