Thomas Partey Granted Permission To Miss Morocco Friendly – Ghana FA Denies Sack Reports

The Ghana FA has issued a statement to debunk reports in the media that Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was sacked from camp by head coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor.

Reports went rife in the media on Monday that the 27-year-old was reluctant to join the Ghana camp as the team prepares ahead of the double-header against Morocco and Ivory Coast.

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The Black Stars play away to Morocco in Rabat on June 8 before taking on the Ivory Coast at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on June 12 in these two international friendlies which will serve as preparations for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September.

The Communique from the Ghana FA confirmed Coach Akonnor granted permission to Thomas Partey to miss the game against Morocco contrary to reports that he was sacked.

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“Thomas traveled to Cape Coast on Thursday to meet Coach Charles Akonnor over some personal issues. After the meeting which lasted for about an hour, the Coach excused him from the trip to Morocco – and asked him to report to camp for the second game against Ivory Coast”.

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“As the first Deputy Captain of the Black Stars, Thomas later joined his colleagues in training to show solidarity and support before leaving for Accra. The Arsenal midfielder will therefore team up with the rest of the squad on Thursday when the team returns from Morocco”, the FA said in the statement.