Ghana defender John Pantsil has told GHANAsoccernet.com he’s humbled to become the third Ghanaian player to make a 5th appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 30-year-old has been named in the provisional 26-man squad announced by Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah on Thursday.
The Hapoel Tel Aviv ace is cock-sure to be part of the final 23-man list expected to be submitted to the continent governing body, CAF.
The former Fulham and Leicester City man will equal the record held by legend Abedi Pele and goalkeeper Richard Kingson and he says he is delighted to be counted among the legends.
“I am very humbled and grateful to God and the Ghanaian people for what they have done for me,” Pantsil told GHANAsoccernet.com
“Indeed it’s a great pleasure to serve my nation. I have been looking forward to it and I’m happy it’s finally here.
“I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the years and may God richly bless them.
Pantsil shot into prominence after he helped the country’s Under-20 team to clinch silver at the 2001 African Youth Championship in Argentina.
He made his Black Stars Nations Cup debut at the 2002 Cup of Nations held in Mali and has since not looked back.
The experienced right-back has consistently been part of the team in the Cup of Nations for the past years and the most consistent player in the Black Stars for the past ten years.
He has 86 caps to his name and could surpass Richard Kingson’s 90 appearance for the Black Stars.