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THOMAS TEYE PARTEY : CHANGE OF MANAGERS COST US WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION

Spain based Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Teye Partey has attributed the senior national team’s inability to qualify for the 2018 World Cup to instability on the technical bench.

The Black Stars alternated coaches midway through the campaign, with James Kwesi Appiah returning to the team to replace Avram Grant.

With Avram Grant in charge, the Black Stars could only manage a point after two games against Egypt in Alexandria on match day one and a draw with the Cranes of Uganda in Tamale.G

When Kwasi Appiah took over, Ghana had another chance to win against Congo at home in order to close up on Egypt who are now in Russia with a game to spare but the Black Stars succumbed to a 1-1 draw in Kumasi.

“It was a shame to lose Avram Grant because he is a great manager,” Partey told Kwese ESPN. “Now, Appiah is here and he is also a great coach.

“Each one comes with their own ideas and as the managers changed, there were changes in the team so we needed some time to settle,” he added.

“I think that is why qualification did not go well.

“We are disappointed not to have qualified but our focus now is to keep pushing in order to improve.”

The Black Stars will wrap up their qualification campaign with a clash at home to Egypt next weekend, where only pride will be at stake.

Partey has been in fine form for his club, Atletico Madrid, he has scored three goals in his last three matches for the Rojiblancos. The latest one on the 91st minute earned his side all three points against Deportivo La Coruna.

Partey will miss the game against Egypt due to accumulation of cards.

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