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Setback for Ghana ahead of 2023 AFCON as Nigeria nemesis, Partey undergoes surgery



Thomas Partey

Arsenal’s Thomas Partey whose 11th minute goal at the MKO Abiola National Stadium last year sent Nigeria out of World Cup qualification is set to miss out at the Africa Cup of Nations holding in Cote d’Ivoire in January.


The Ghana national team has been dealt a significant blow as  Thomas Partey looks unlikely for the continental premier football tournament. He is down with a thigh injury.

He is expected to spend a long time on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.

This is revealed by The New York Times owned The Athletic website. It is anticipated that Partey will be out of action for a period of six to eight weeks.


Partey, who joined Arsenal in October 2020 from Atletico Madrid, has been limited to just four Premier League appearances this season due to a groin injury that kept him out for the entirety of September.

The Ghanaian midfielder is a vital player in Ghana’s squad, having scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 45 appearances for the Black Stars since making his international debut in 2016.

Ghana is placed in Group B alongside Egypt, Mozambique, and Cape Verde for the AFCON finals.

Ghana’s campaign in the AFCON will commence with a match against Cape Verde on January 14, 2024, followed by a clash against Egypt in the second round of group-stage games, four days later.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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