Former Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has earmarked Thomas Partey as the future captain of the Black Stars.
Partey, 25, has been a key cog for the four-time Africa champions since making his debut for the side against Mauritius in 2016.
The Atletico Madrid defensive enforcer has for some time now been acting as the stand-in captain of the side in the absence of Asamoah Gyan.
The former Tema Youth player led the Black Stars team in the double-header international friendly matches against Japan and Iceland in June.
According to Essien, the versatile midfielder is a candidate for the team’s armband after exhibiting qualities of a leader in the two games.
“There are good players in the team but I think Partey is doing great and he can lead the team,” he told TV3.
“He is doing wonderful with his Club and the National team as well, he captained the team on a few occasions and I think he will be a good leader.”
Partey has racked up 16 appearances for the Black Stars since making his debut in 2016.