Partey will get better with time - Rajevac

BY: Bernard Neequaye, Yaounde
Thomas Partey is expected to step up his game against Gabon today
Thomas Partey is expected to step up his game against Gabon today

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

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

Partey struggled to contain the Moroccan midfield during their clash at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé when the Black Stars lost by a lone goal to the Atlas Lions.

“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 gave an assurance at yesterday’s 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,” he insisted.

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

“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 have trained well and are in the right shape to deliver a win against their opponents and I am confident of a victory today,” he revealed.

Ghana will rely on the likes of Partey, skipper Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Joseph Paintsil, Kamal Deen Sulemana, Mubarak Wakaso and the others as they look for their first win at the continental competition tonight.

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