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Thomas Partey is ‘exactly’ what the Gunners need to take them to the next level – says Avram Grant

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Thomas Partey will prove to be the ‘perfect’ signing at Arsenal, according to former Ghana boss Avram Grant.

Grant worked with the midfielder during his stint in charge of the Black Stars from 2014-2017 and believes the £45million deadline day acquisition is a shrewd one from the Gunners.

He told the Sun: ‘I’d ask the Arsenal fans to give him a few weeks just to get used to English football, because it is still played differently in the Premier League to anywhere else, even if there are more foreign players now.

‘But he will prove a good signing, perfect for what Mikel Arteta is trying to do. When you need him to hold the ball up, he can do that and he is a great fit for what Arteta is trying to make his team.

Ex-Chelsea boss Grant, added: ‘He is a central midfielder, who will win the ball and play the right pass forward and can see the pitch, tactically disciplined as well and committed to his team.

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‘And he will make a big difference to Arsenal, just like he did at Atletico. He is a really good signing, just what they needed.’

Atletico Madrid signed Partey, 27, when he was just 18 back in 2011 and he went on to become a key player in Diego Simeone’s side after successful loan spells.

And his consistency at the heart of midfield will be a godsend to Arteta, who was desperate to strengthen that area of the pitch for Arsenal.

‘Thomas doesn’t tend to have good days and bad days because you know every match what you will get from him, which is his best for the team,’ Grant said.

The Gunners have dangerous options in attack and have developed a steeliness to their defence under Arteta but midfield is the area with question marks.

Partey is a statement signing for the north London side after they triggered his release clause on transfer deadline day and will be a huge boost in the club’s pursuit of a top four place this season.

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Grant’s assessment will be music to the ears of Arsenal fans wondering how Partey will settle into the side. He could be handed his debut against Manchester City after the international break on October 17.

 

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FIFA’s ban on Kwesi Nyantakyi reduced to 12 years

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The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has reportedly reduced the lifetime ban on former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi.

According to  Ghana-Kumasi-based Nhyira FM, CAS has reduced the lifetime ban imposed on Kwesi Nyantakyi to a period of twelve years.

Kwesi Nyantakyi was banned from involving in football related activities for the rest of his life after captured in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas number 12 video expose engaging in unapproved dealings which was against FIFA code of ethics.

He was stripped off his position as member of the FIFA Executive Council and CAF first vice president as well as his position as the President of the Ghana Football Association.

But  Ghana-Kumasi Base Radio StationNhyira FM is reporting that the ban has been reduced to twelve years after Kwesi Nyantakyi appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS)..

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GFA appoints Professor Joseph Mintah as Director of Coaching Education

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has appointed Professor Joseph Mintah as the new Director of Coaching Education.

A statement from the Ghana FA reads, ” The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is delighted to announce that Prof. Joseph Kwame Mintah has been appointed as the Association’s Director of Coaching Education for a period of two years”

“Prof. Joseph Mintah who was recently attached to the National Teams Department as a psychologist comes to the new role with depth of experience in Coaching and Physical education”

“He holds a Doctorate degree in Education (Sport Psychology) and a Master of Arts Degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa, USA”

“The former Black Stars Team Psychologist holds an Elite CAF Instructors “A” License Certificate from the Confederation of African Football (CAF)”

“He served as an Interim Assistant Coach of the Ghana Black Stars during the 2014 CAF Qualifiers and was Head Coach of Ghana Premier League side, Cape Coast Mysterious Dwarfs from 2010 to 2014”

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“In addition to his on field coaching experience, Prof. Mintah is currently the Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology Education, College of Education Studies, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast Ghana.

“He played for the University of Cape Coast men soccer team between 1986-1990 after previous stints with Mysterious Dwarfs FC, Venomous Vipers FC, Diamond Stars FC and Hafiz Stars FC”

“Prof. Mintah will be a vital member of the GFA Technical Directorate working with the Technical Director to shape the technical direction of the Association.

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Ghana face Equatorial Guinea in an international friendly in October

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MySoccer24.com can report that the Black Stars will take on Equatorial Guinea in an international friendly match in October in Turkey.

Sources within the Equatorial Guinea camp and their new head coach Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida have confirmed the friendly encounter on 12 October 2020.

It was initially reported that the Black Stars will face African champions Algeria but that seems not to have materialized.

Ghana will tackle West African neighbours Mali on Friday 9 October 2020 also in Turkey before they play Equatorial Guinea three days later.

The Black Stars last faced the Nzalang Nacional five years ago in the semi-finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Ghana thumped the hosts 3-0 in Malabo.

The two games will serve as preparations for CK Akonnor ahead of November’s doubleheader against Sudan in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications.

Akonnor was appointed head coach of the Black Stars in January 2020 but has since not made his debut at the dugout.

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