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I see others ahead of him –  Black Stars coach Otto Addo explains Joseph Paintsil’s omission

Published on: 22 September 2022

Black Stars coach Otto Addo says he did not include Joseph Paintsil in the squad for this month's international friendlies because he sees others ahead of the in-form forward.

Paintsil's absence from the games against Brazil and Nicaragua was surprising given that he has been playing at a high level in Belgium.

The 24-year-old has been outstanding for Genk, scoring four goals and registering one assist. In the Belgian top flight, he has been named man of the match twice.

"[Joseph Paintsil] was very close. Joseph is doing well. It would have been good for him to play the Japan and Chile matches to show more of himself but he had some problems so he decided to leave the team and also he wanted to start with his team. At the moment, I see others ahead of him," Addo said.

Ghana will take on Brazil in their first international friendly on September 23rd in France before travelling to Spain to play Nicaragua on September 27th.

The Black Stars have qualified for the World Cup and see these friendlies as the perfect preparatory games to sharpen their methods and strengthen their chemistry ahead of tough group games against countries like Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.


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