Partey lands in Black Stars camp

BY: Peter Sarbah
Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey

Ghana’s midfield enforcer, Thomas Partey, has arrived at the Black Stars camp in Turkey ahead of the team’s double header friendly game against Mali and Qatar.

The 27-year old deputy captain of the national team arrived at the Xanthe Resort and Spa camp in Antalya Turkey after signing a new contract with English Premier League side, Arsenal on Monday.

The £45million deal has seen him eclipsed Michael Essien’s transfer fee of £24.4 million, to become the country’s most expensive player and the seventh most expensive player on the continent.

Partey is now more expensive than Senegal international and Liverpool star, Sadio Mane who cost the Anfield club, £37 million from Southampton and Egyptian Mohammed Salah who was bought for £36.9 million from AS Roma.

His arrival in camp has given Coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor some confidence as he has also welcome some of his invited players to camp.

The players who joined are Kassim Nuhu, Alaxander Djiku, Barnard Mensah, Joseph Aidoo and Tarique Fosu to increase the total number of players in camp to 19.

On Tuesday the coach held his first training session with the players and was expected to hold another training session on Wednesday ahead of the first game against Mali on Friday.

The following are players who have reported in camp so far:

Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Razak Abalora, Benson Annag, Kamaldeen Suleyman, Captain Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Nicholas Opoku, Emmanuel Lomotey, Eugene Ansah, Baba Iddrisu, Gideon Mensah, Thomas Teye- Partey, Samuel Owusu, Yakubu Mohammed, Bernard Mensah, Kassim Nuhu, Tarique Fosu, Alexander Djiku and Joseph Aidoo.