Atletico de Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been named as first vice captain of the Ghana national team, according to the Ghana Football Association.
In an announcement made on Sunday the head coach of the 4-time AFCON winners, Charles Akonnor, has retained Swansea star Andre Ayew as leader of the squad.
The former West Ham United and Olympique Marseille steamroller will be assisted by Thomas Partey who has been on the radar of Premier League side Arsenal all summer.
South African-based goalkeeper Richard Ofori is the second vice captain of the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalist.
Partey takes the crucial step in his career to assume the leadership role which could see him ultimately become the captain of the squad in the near future.
Lead man Andre Ayew is 30 and probably close to the twilight of his career which means the former Tema Youth star could step into his shoes when he hangs his boots.
The decision ultimately puts to rest any uncertainty around the captaincy when elder of the Ayew brothers – Rahim Ayew, said in a recent interview that his younger brother Jordan Ayew should be made Vice captain of the squad.
The comments sparked controversy in the country and mass following of the Ghana national team opposed the idea and stated the family wanted to the turn the Ghana national team into a family affair.
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