How The Rejected Thomas Partey Missed Out FIFA U-20 World Cup Ticket In Turkey Only To Lead Ghana Seven Years Later
Did you know Thomas Partey was part of Ghana’s preliminary U-20 squad that played the World Youth Championship 2013 in Turkey.
Sellas Tetteh and his technial team by then found him not fit to battle the likes of Alfred Duncan,Seidu Salifu,Clifford Aboagye,Moses Odjer and others at the time.
When the final squad was named without the then Atletico Madrid Academy player, the disappointment on his face was very clear ,he had to book a flight back to Spain totally disappointed and feeling rejected by his own people.
The player himself didn’t understand how come he was dropped but seven years down the line this same player has become Ghana’s hottest asset on the world stage.
Till date, it looks like a lot of people do not know about this episode.
Just in case you didn’t know, Thomas Partey could have been seen first at the U-20 world cup in Turkey
That team was led by George Afriyie as management chairman.
Below are the players who made squad to the world cup in Turkey;
Eric Ofori Antwi (Amidaus), Richard Ofori (All Stars), Michael Sai (Berekum Chelsea)
Defenders: Jeremiah Arkoful, Joseph Larweh Attama (Tema Youth), Richmond Nketiah (Medeama), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth, Germany), Daniel Pappoe (Chelsea, England), Lawrence Lartey (AshantiGold), Princebell Addico (Bechem United)
Midfielders: Ebenezer Ofori (Edubiase), Joseph Alfred Duncan (Livorno, Italy), Seidu Salifu (All Stars), Clifford Aboagye (Inter Allies), Michael Anaba (Asante Kotoko), Moses Odjer (Tema Youth)
Forwards: Frank Opoku Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Francis Narh (Tema Youth), Kennedy Ashia (Liberty), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Sassuolo, Italy), Ebenezer Assifuah (Liberty)
Ghana placed third at that tournament.