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John Pantsil eyes a place in Ghana squad for 2014 World Cup

Published on: 12 October 2013
Ghana defender John Pantsil eyes Ghana place in WC squad

Defender John Pantsil insists he will fight his way back into the Ghana squad to make an appearance at the 2014 World Cup. 

The 32-year-old has joined South African second-tier side Santos FC as a free agent and is keen to work his form back.

The former Fulham man has been overlooked by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah for inactivity but after signing for Santos, Pantsil is eager to work his way back into the Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup.

“I am definitely happy to sign a contract here, the club is based in Cape Town so that is a fantastic thing," he said.

I really want to be at the top level before the World Cup and put in some performances for the Ghana manager so I can go to the World Cup.”

Ghana must beat Egypt on a better aggregate scores to qualify for the 2014 finals.

Pantsil has played in both of Ghana's last two appearances at the World Cup.


  • kwesi says:
    October 13, 2013 10:55 am
    John Please Tell us You Not that desperate to have joined 2nd division team in Sa . ?
  • Ashantiman says:
    October 13, 2013 12:05 pm
    You Guys are taking bullshits. Second division or not what. Matters? Was Schillacci not in. The. Serie B. When he won the. Goal. For. Italian 90 King. Useless. Ungrates. Komfo bonee A. Wahwee......yarefoo am Done . Paintsil deserves praxisens not. Mockningm
  • Guy Aristotle says:
    October 13, 2013 12:24 pm
    Action speaks louder than words. If u have something to say let the action flow to the issue on board that is olele before going to john paintsal.
  • Papadinho says:
    October 12, 2013 04:50 pm
    Whahahahahahahahahahahaa this shit just cracked me up!!!! My brother just think about when to retire from football grandpa. There's no place in the current squad for u God bless
  • LèShaq says:
    October 12, 2013 04:56 pm
    Why? They have promise you ehh
  • Viper says:
    October 12, 2013 04:59 pm
    An insult,playing for a second division team in South Africa??????????? Wow,who will blame him,we 're calling players from Cyprus and benchwarmers,why wouldn't he harbour such thoughts??
  • spellBOUND says:
    October 12, 2013 05:32 pm
    hahahaha. dont forget he supported the kingston call up too. laying the ground work for his return. lol. this is too funny its sad.
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    October 12, 2013 05:34 pm
    John, sorry, but there wouldn't be a place for you in the Black Stars. Not after choosing to play for a second-tier side in South Africa. We are not that desperate for defenders.
  • benny says:
    October 12, 2013 05:41 pm
    Until Opare shows consistency,sorry guys,the likes of Paintsil will dream. Why is nobody gunning for Stephen Appiah to come back?you all know why.The competiion is hectic in the midfield area. Olele has meander his way back because Kwarasey and Dauda has not been consistant .
  • Solid snake says:
    October 12, 2013 05:47 pm
    John pantsil. Speaks good english. I was impressed with his clarity of words wen he appeared on soccerafrica dstv
  • phillbanger says:
    October 12, 2013 06:23 pm
  • Nana oduro says:
    October 12, 2013 07:07 pm
    Eeeeiii Ghanaians hmmm.has he been called up? please use decent words kk the world is watching
  • spellBOUND says:
    October 12, 2013 08:14 pm
    phillbanher, if we keep bringing fossils like kingston and pantsil back, when will the young ones get a chance????? when someone is injured???? we thank these players for their service, but its time for others. this is how we r loosing players to european countries. we play old players instead of scouting for the future ones during friendlies.
  • Wood@ says:
    October 12, 2013 09:08 pm
    I think painstil want last minute show. Hope he will com and do betta than opare and inkoom
  • Phil says:
    October 12, 2013 11:11 pm
    Panstil is STILL BETTER than all our right-backs !!
  • Quincy among EA Sports 5star skill players says:
    October 13, 2013 03:48 am
    I dont understand what u are saying. Olele did not have a team for two year and the only time he ad a team and was supervised by Akwasi Appiah, his team lost by 4 goals, yes can u imaging he picked four goals from his net so whether the current keepers are consistent or not, olele should not have been in the team. Not sure how much he paid to the GFA. They killing Ghana's footbell
  • experience coach says:
    October 13, 2013 04:00 am
    I disagree. If he is that good, he'd be playing for a team in Europe. I think he is better than only Inkoom.
  • Sasu says:
    October 13, 2013 09:17 am
    Paintsil hsp bn committed 2dx nation in yrs past ....a cal up is very vital whn he gains hx form...