ONGOING AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS (AFCON), GABON 2017.
Monday January 16, 2017
Ghana will be making a 21st appearance at the African Nations Cup in Gabon and it will be hoping to win the tournament for the first time since 1982.
For the first time in so many years, the Black Stars squad has three players who are Krobos and hail from the Krobo area__ all three will be making their debut appearance at the Continental’s biggest football festival, Gabon 2017.
*These players are Athletico Madrid’s Thomas Teye Partey, Germany-based Bernard Terkpetey, and Samuel Tetteh, who plays in Austria*.
•Note: It could have actually been 4 Krobo players in the Black Stars team but the last minute exclusion of Joseph Lawer Attamah as a result of the pruning down of the 26-man squad to 23 reduced the tally.
The tournament, kicked- start over the weekends but not with the usual euphoria and ”football fever” that usually Charatcterises the African Cup of Nations as we know of Ghanaians, all across the country.
But here in Krobo, the inclusion of these ”Krobo Triplets” in the team have succeeded in awakening the AFCON passion and excitement among football lovers in Odumase, Somanya, Atua, Agormanya, Asesewa, Obawale, and across the entire Krobo region____and they will definitely stay glued to their TV sets to watch their fellow kinsmen display brilliance and skills.
1. THOMAS TEYE PARTEY
Teye Partey (a.ka Senegal) was born and bred at Agormanya-Abanse. He plays for ATHLETICO MADRID in the Spainish league. Teye Partey is a Defensive Midfielder, a sensation to watch, and will be the among the key players to give Ghana glory.
2. BERNARD TERKPETEY
Bernard Tekepertey plays for Schalke 04 in the German Bundesliga.
He is very atletic, well built and full of stamina.
He is 19 years old.
Terkpetey is a ”Deadly” Striker and a goal poacher, and hails from Atua and Kpongunor.
3. SAMUEL TETTEH
Samuel Tetteh, the former player of Ghana Premier League side West African Football Academy (WAFA), plays for Leifering in the Austrian league on loan from Red Bull Salzburg.
Tetteh, who is 20 years old, is a midfielder but currently plays as an attacker for his new club Leifering.
The Krobo young man who is noted for his pace and dribbling skills made his first senior international appearance in a friendly against Congo on 1 September 2015, having substituted Solomon Asante in the 90th minute. On 3 September 2016, Tetteh scored his first international goal for Ghana.
Ghana is in Group D and will begin our campaign for African glory by taking on Uganda at the Stade Port Gentil, Gabon on Tuesday January 17, 2016 (Tomorrow).
Sixty years have passed since the first Nations Cup, which took place in Sudan in 1957, consisted of only three teams and was won by Egypt.
This year’s edition has 32 matches over 23 days, and will end on 5 February with the winning finalists lifting the Italian-made trophy and taking home $4m (£3.28m).
Africa remains enthralled by the tournament, which has steadily grown to become the continent’s biggest sporting event, and this year’s edition which began over the weekend is already showcasing a mix of flair, surprise, controversy and historic moments.
SOURCE: KLOMA HENGME