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Appiah tips Partey to lead Ghana to AFCON glory

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Stephen Appiah believes Thomas Partey has the quality to lead Ghana to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


Partey was a key figure in Atleti’s campaign – playing 32 times, scoring thrice with a passing accuracy of 84% for Los Rojiblancos.

The Black Stars are in a tricky group alongside defending Champions Cameroon and fellow west-African rivals Benin Republic and Guinea-Bissau in Group F.

Appiah, who equally skippered Ghana believes the 26-year-old will be a key figure in Ghana’s quest in Egypt.

“Every player’s dream is to play in Afcon and Thomas Partey is not an exception,” Appiah told Goal.

“Partey is doing very well and with his abilities and what he can do on the field, he can help Ghana go far.”

Ghana extended their title drought to 37 years in the last edition staged in Gabon, however, the 38-year-old fancies his country’s chances this time around.

“It’s going to be an interesting Afcon because we will be having 24 teams participate instead of 16. That will make it difficult and exciting,” he continued.

“For Ghana, we are going to take it match after match. All the countries taking part are not pushovers and they will be very prepared.

“We have our goal going to Egypt, and that is to win, but we have to respect the countries who will be participating.”

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – MAY 30: Thomas Partey (2nd L) of Ghana celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the international friendly match between Japan and Ghana at Nissan Stadium on May 30, 2018, in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)