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2014 World Cup: South Africa-based John Pantsil takes Black Stars snub on the chin

Published on: 13 May 2014
John Pantsil

Experienced defender John Pantsil says he hold no grudge against Kwesi Appiah for excluding him from Ghana’s provisional World Cup squad.

The 32-year-old, who plays for South African second-tier side Santos FC, has been denied a third World Cup appearance.

Pantsil’s international career took a nosedive after representing Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

He had his contract terminated by Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv and a much-publicized domestic problem with his wife did not help matters.

The former West Ham and Fulham right-back is among players the Black Stars old guards who were snubbed by Appiah.

But Pantsil has taken the rejection and good stride and is backing the team to do well in Brazil.

"I am not bitter at all. Instead, I feel I have served my nation well and an opportunity has been given to another person to continue," Pantsil told Accra based Power FM.

"Football is all about team work and I pray the coach finds the requisite technique in getting the best out of the team."

Pantsil is one of Ghana’s longest serving defenders and featured prominently at the 2006 finals in Germany and the last tournament in South Africa four years ago.


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • King says:
    May 13, 2014 11:27 am
    Ghanaians let us not comment on this fucking fool's minds.See his sentenses n de name as well.mumbi,meaning animal buko haram idiot fool
  • max says:
    May 13, 2014 09:41 am
    don't worry my bros u can't compett with this players cos they are the best
  • max says:
    May 13, 2014 09:46 am
    are u grazy mumbi? **** u......u are an animal dam u.we will crash ur Germany n ur USA n Portugal for u.U will really know when an Animal is crazy....stupid fool......ur mother Nash..Kwaseaaaaa
  • Mumbi says:
    May 13, 2014 10:15 am
    @ Max, every right thinking person knows that Ghana will become 4th after the group games. Ghana is not good enough to compete with strong teams, thats they can only pull through afcon groups where they are being paired with weaker team. When the torney goes on and meet good teams, they always end up being eliminated and continue being trophyless. Now they are facing strong teams from europe and America, the writting is on the wall.
  • Mumbi says:
    May 13, 2014 09:03 am
    It's okay if u are not bitter. Afterall Ghana is not good enough to make it to the knockouts from that group. Even there so called key stars are too old by now. Essien, Muntary, KPB, Asamumu Gyan, Fatau Duada, etc, all in there early 40's wont be able to perform well. Ghana should go to Brazil with baskets to put in goals coz they will concede too many.Animals like Ghanaman & Selfmade shall be weting in pants Ghana concides. Go USA, Go Portugal & Go Germany and put those apes 4th in your group.
  • Mumbi says:
    May 13, 2014 09:14 am
    "weting in pants each time Ghana concides"
  • Papadinho says:
    May 13, 2014 09:31 am
    Ahahahahahahaha the Americans are Damn scared after AA released the squad . Now they’re saying their hope is on the Portugal game cause Portugal is the only beatable team they see now. Lol. Guys, kindly join me over there to comment : Bless
  • maston says:
    May 13, 2014 05:05 pm
    Mumbi? What kinda name is this? In fact you are an ape upon ape. Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!! Tweaaaaaaa!! Animal, foolish, freak, ugly son of a bitch. Abowa papapaaaaa!
  • max says:
    May 13, 2014 05:29 pm
    mumbi ....or what ever ur name is...listen USA is no much for SA world cup Germany scored Ghana only one goal.....Portugal is yet to feel an African football the real Ghanaian football haahahahahhaa wait n see... in dreams we are weak but on the field hahhahahha ......we will see. just relax ur mouth n stop saying nonsense.u really funny,,,,,,,,,,,,hahahahaaahahahha
  • wustler says:
    May 13, 2014 06:41 pm
    Who is this mumbi guy who doesn't know his root, uncultured, uncivilised and uncircumcised person who speaks like a mad man. He can express his thoughts on the game but should not call our players names. He should be fool.
  • maston says:
    May 13, 2014 04:48 pm
    Mumbi u are so stupid to make that comment. Paintsil feels he's done his part for the nation and its time for another person to continue. So why this kinda apes and other foolish words spoken? Crap!
  • banger says:
    May 13, 2014 03:21 pm
  • OGYA says:
    May 13, 2014 10:44 am
    Jealousy kills. Obviously your country didn't qualify to play with the big boys in Brazil.
  • OGYA says:
    May 13, 2014 10:48 am
    Jealousy kills. Obviously your country didn’t qualify to play with the big boys in Brazil.
  • Mr USA says:
    May 13, 2014 10:55 am
    mumbi you say it all, but the pitiful thing is that you call your self MUMBI will not see the world cup in your eye, i have a revelation that you will die in the car accident before the world cup so rest in peace ( RIP) i have been told that you are one of the monkey from Africa who do not support their people and always discriminate among you self save road to the death