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Paintsil admits to difficult Cape Verde match

Published on: 02 February 2013

Defender John Paintsil admits Ghana played its most difficult game at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations against Cape Verde on Saturday.

A brace by midfielder Mubarak Wakaso sent the Black Stars through to the semi finals of the competition being staged in South Africa.

Ghana however struggled to find their rhythm throughout the match played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

This was due to the swiftness and sheer power displayed by the Cape Verdians on the day.

Paintsil, playing in his fifth Nations Cup finals said the Blue Sharks brought the best out of the simile inexperienced Ghanaian team.

“It was a difficult game, playing against a team that are very tactically disciplined and also have a good coach,” he told

“The way they were playing it was very difficult for us to penetrate especially through the middle.

“They are strong boys, very good in the air. All in all they were a good team and they gave us a real challenge today.”

Ghana now awaits its semi final opponent to emerge from the winner of Sunday’s quarter final match between Burkina Faso and Togo.

The Black Stars are looking to end a 31-year wait for an African title this term in South Africa.



This article has 2 comment(s), give your comment
  • texas says:
    February 02, 2013 08:11 pm
    No tram is cheap these days, and a win is a win ugly or nice! Its going to be tougher and more physical for the rest of the games. So tough up guys if you wanna win win the trophy. This is a war! no team came to be a spectator...Cape Verde proved that tonight.
  • Kwame Pito says:
    February 02, 2013 09:53 pm
    I think A.A has stopped doing something he used to do at the start of the competition. TRAIN THE LADS TO PLAY A HIGH INTENSITY GAME with focus and without fatigue. Secondly inform them to PLAY FOR EACH OTHER, SCORE FOR EACH OTHER. Team work will win us afcon but INDIVIDUALITY WILL MAKE US FAIL. Go back to basics A.A and DRUM IT INTO THEIR EARS BEFORE EVERY MATCH; PLAY FOR EACH OTHER, SCORE FOR EACH OTHER. gudluck.