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Partey target AFCON trophy after Europa League triumph

Black Stars midfielder, Thomas Partey has target wining the Africa Cup of Nations trophy with Ghana after playing a key role to help Atletico Madrid lift the UEFA Europa League title on Wednesday.

The enterprising midfielder won his first trophy with the Rojiblancos after making a cameo appearance in their 3-0 victory over Olympique Marseille at the Stade Groupama in Lyon.

Speaking to Juliet Bawuah in an interview after the match,  Partey expressed his determination to help the four-time Africa champions end their 34-year AFCON drought.

‘I’m happy. It was not easy from the beginning. We deserve this cup and we need to enjoy it. With the trust of my coach and my mates, I have been able to get more chances and play more matches.

‘[To Ghanaians], this is the beginnings of many cups to come. I hope we win another cup for the Black Stars because it’s been a long time we won something. So I think that is my next [target] and that’s what I’m going to fight for.

‘It can be Afcon, it can be a lot of things that are also important. But at the moment, I think we have to fight to win the Afcon and any cup that comes our way.

‘As a player, everyone is willing to win something for their nation. With the influence of our coaches and our management, I think everyone will be prepared to win something for the country.”

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