Boost for Arsenal as CAF agrees to extend Thomas Partey’s stay ahead of AFCON 2021


Sports news from Monday December 27, 2021



Thomas Partey

Premier League club Arsenal have received a massive boost following the Confederation of African Football’s decision to extend Thomas Partey’s stint ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Ghanaian Football Association (GFA) has been commissioned by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to extend the arrival time of England-based players without exception from Partey.

The Black Stars deputy captain released Milovan Rajevac’s 30-man provisional squad last week.

The Serbian manager is expected to trim the roster to 28 ahead of the start of the continental showpiece that kicks off in Cameroon on January 9, 2022.

Due to games being played over the Christmas period, clubs in the English leagues that will lose players have hired CAF to try to postpone the entry time of the players in question.

CAF has directed the GFA to allow all six UK-based Black Stars players to report later than planned.

Black Stars have already started camping for AFCON 2021 in Doha, Qatar.

They will play two games to give coach Rajevac an opportunity to evaluate his squad.

At the 33rd AFCON tournament, Ghana will meet Morocco, Gabon and the Comoros.

Black Stars will play their first game against Morocco on January 10th.

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