Thomas Partey earned rave reviews from Ghanaians following his impressive performance against Angola on Thursday evening.
The Black Stars defeated the Black Antelopes 1-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
A late goal by substitute Antoine Semenyo was the difference between the two teams as Chris Hughton made a winning start to life as Ghana coach.
⌚️FULL-TIME – It's all over at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
• Ghana 🇬🇭 1-0 🇦🇴 Angola
— 🇬🇭 Black Stars (@GhanaBlackstars) March 23, 2023
Partey, who captained the team in the absence of Andre Ayew, was one of the standout players in what was a difficult game.
The Arsenal midfielder has often been criticised for his inconsistent performances in a Ghana shirt and has in the past been accused of not doing enough for his country.
However, he was at his best against Angola, spreading passes to his attacking teammates and helping the Black Stars dominate in the middle of the park.
Some Ghanaians on social media took notice of Partey’s performance and praised him in the aftermath of the game.
See some of the best tweets below:
This ranks as one of Thomas Partey’s best games for the Black Stars.
His best was when we went to Congo in 2017 where he scored a hat-trick.
Super today. pic.twitter.com/QKkAB3BJ3B
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) March 23, 2023
My Captain! Partey was class! Arteta has unlocked something in him! This is the best game I’ve seen Partey play for the Black Stars in a while !! 🇬🇭🔥 pic.twitter.com/lzf98h3Cp1
— KALYJAY (@gyaigyimii) March 23, 2023
Solid Performance from Thomas Partey🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/9Krp25MxG3
— Mempeasem President (@AsieduMends) March 23, 2023
What Partey did today in this BS team isn't different from what he does at Arsenal. He was good today.
— SITSO (@OfficialSitso) March 23, 2023
Thomas Partey was very good today.
His passing allowed the Black Stars to get in behind Angola on a day we struggled to find space.
Typically composed, too.
In a better team performance, his output gets magnified if not better appreciated.
— Victor Atsu Tamakloe 🇬🇭 (@AtsuTamakloe) March 23, 2023
Thomas Partey is finally playing for Ghana like he does in Arsenal🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/IUfCbaCPIh
— Twilight (@the_marcoli_boy) March 23, 2023
▪️Won the most tackles (2) in the first half
▪️Won the most duels (8) in the first half.
Thomas Partey has arrived fellow Ghanaians🤲 pic.twitter.com/u5fw8ts9kf
— Yaw Ampofo Jr (@Yaw_Ampofo_) March 23, 2023
Chris hughton shouldn’t play Dede ayew in the same match as this guy.
The Partey I saw today is the one who’s been delivering at emirate week in week out. pic.twitter.com/n8WUyE8kGx
— AYEDUASE PULISIC (@quame_age) March 23, 2023