AFCON 2017 Five things to know about Black Stars' new player Tekpetey

The 19 year old, Bernard Tekpetey has been named in Avram Grant's provisional squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon

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Bernard Tekpetey has been handed an invitation into the camp of the Black Stars as the prepare for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The youngster was among the 19 players who showed up for training when the Black Stars held their first local training session on Wednesday at the St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School.

These are some of the things you need to know about Bernard Tekpetey.

1. He joined the Bundesliga giants, Schalke 04 from Ghanaian second tier side Unistar Soccer Academy in Accra. Tekpetey spent close to a month at the Veltins-Arena on trials during which he convinced the technical team of the Royal Blues.

2.The young Ghanaian plays as a centre forward/arrow-head. He has the ability to hold on to the ball and cause a lot of troubles in the opponents' goal area and also uses his strength to bully defenders.

3. Tekpetey, 19 is one of the Ghanaian teenagers doing so well in European football. On his debut against Nice he managed to force his way through the French side's defence and was brought down to win a penalty for Schalke 04.

4. Bernard Tekpeteh made his UEFA Europa League debut on 24 November 2016 against OGC Nice.

5. Tekpetey was sent off in his debut game for Schalke 04 when they defeated OGC Nice 2-0. Hence, he gave a bad account of himself, as a dirty player and it is an infamous disciplinary record.

 

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