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Paintsil eager to end Ghana's trophy drought at fifth Nations Cup appearance

John Paintsil wants to end Ghana's wait for African title in South Africa

By Ameenu Shardow

Defender John Paintsil is aiming at helping Ghana end it’s wait for an African title as he makes his fifth Nations Cup appearance in South Africa.

The 31-year-old joins Richard Kingson and Abedi Pele as the only Ghanaian players to have made five appearances at a Nations Cup final.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv defender now wants to make this fear even more memorable by helping the Black Stars end a 31-year wait for an African title.

“This tournament I will say will be the most important one in my career, “ he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.

“I am therefore ready to help the team win the trophy to make it even an even more memorable achievement rather than it being my fifth appearance at the tournament.”

Paintsil is part of Ghana’s provisional 26-man squad that will be heading to Abu Dhabi early January for a pre-Nations Cup camp.

He is however more likely to make the final cut that will travel to South Africa for the tournament proper.

Ghana is drawn in Group B which will be based in Port Elizabeth alongside Mali, Niger and DR Congo.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. vinny says:

    I believe u can make it with prayers, determination, hardwork and the nations support, no weapon functioning against u guys shall prosper, may the almighty go ahead of u guys and prepare the way for u guys, all the best Mr paintstill.

  2. kwame agyei says:

    i believe in u, only u hv to work on ur speed.God bless Gh.

  3. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    TWEAQAA, CUT THIS DUDE ALONG WITH DEREK BOATENG. AFCON 2008, AFCON 2010, AFCON 2012 U COULDNT HELP GH END THE DROUGHT. THEREFORE, WHY SHOULD U BE GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE? IF AA TAKES THESE 2 TO AFCON…WALAHI TALIA. HE WILL COME BACK HOME WITH HIS HANDS ON HIS HEAD. MARK THIS ANYWHERE…

  4. vinny says:

    Massa lets burry the past and stay positive this time, they Can make it with yr prayers, support and their hard work, no disrespect.

  5. keith from germany says:

    GH FUO THINK BIG,to ur information john pantsil didnt play in the 2010 version of the afcon which was held in angola.he was injured n samuel inkoom replaced him.üls check the facts
    derek boateng wasnt in the afcon squad in 2008 .
    pls with all due respect check ur facts

  6. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Painstil is now a liability to the national team, he has really lost his spark ever since he left the EPL. He is no longer good as he was 2 or so yrs ago, Akaminko should be the preferable right back for the AFCON.

    He has been playing that position in almost all the games for Eskisehirspor in the Turkish Super Lig and has overly impressed , his height, physique and ability to attack and defend very well will be very crucial to the team. If we really wanna win the AFCON then A.A gotta make some bold decisions by relegation the dead horses to the bench and make way for active and inform players.

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      max johnson, SHINE UR EYE…I TOTALLY AGREE. THINK BIG, THINK POSITIVE. FEAR, DATS THE OTHER GUYS PROBLEM!

      AA SHOULD DROP PAINSTIL, DEREK BOATENG N RASHID SUMAILA. I WOULD HAVE HOPED THAT KWADWOA SAMOAH WOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY EITHER ACQUAH OR RAHIM AYEW. ASAMOAH IS IN FORM, BUT IM AFRAID WE WILL SEE A REPLICA OF HIMSELF OF HOW HE PLAYS FOR GH AT BIG TOURNAMNTS. IN OVER 40 APPEARANCES INCLUDING 1 AFCONS, WCUP, FRIENDLIES, ASAMOAH HAS ONLY 1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS. BASED ON THAT ALONE, AA SHOULD HAVE LEFT HIM OFF THIS AFCON TOURNEY. GIVE SOMEONE ELSE A CHANCE