2021 AFCON: Coach Milo trusts Thomas Partey to deliver against Gabon

BY: Bernard Neequaye, YAOUNDE
Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey

Serbian trainer, Milovan Rajevac, believes midfielder Thomas Partey will come good as the tournament progresses after the Arsenal star struggled to make an impact in the Black Stars lone goal defeat to Morocco in their opening 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group C encounter last Monday.

The Ghana coach said he was convinced that the England-based player will prove his worth against Gabon in today’s game  and subsequent matches to make him the best player of the tournament.

Partey struggled to break down the Moroccan midfield during their clash at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé where the Black Stars lost by a lone goal to the Atlas Lions of Morocco.

“Thomas Partey maybe this match [against Morocco] didn’t play to his level. But in the next matches, he’ll prove that he is a top player,” Coach Milo said at the pre-match conference.

“I have faith in him to deliver in subsequent matches and to go on to become the best player of the tournament.”

Ghana will rely on the likes of Thomas Partey, skipper Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew and Mubarak Wakaso as they look for their first win at the continental competition.

The Black Stars are looking to end a 40-year AFCON drought having lost three finals in 1992, 2010 and 2015 respectively.

However, Coach Milo said he was used to the pressure to deliver a win against Gabon to kick-start his side’s campaign at the tournament.

“It is natural that the pressure will mount on a coach when he loses a match so I expected it and I am used to it.

“The team has trained well and are in the right shape to deliver a win against their opponent and I am confident of a victory tomorrow,” said Coach Milo.