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South Africa-based defender John Paintsil wants a place in Ghana's 2014 World Cup squad

Posted On Thursday, 19th December 2013
JP4 wants to play at the World Cup

JP4 wants to play at the World Cup

By Patrick Akoto

South Africa-based experienced defender John Paintsil says he wants a place in Ghana’s 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the summer.

The 32-year-old, who currently plays for South African second-tier side Santos, has not been called up into the Black Stars since the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

The former Fulham man has enjoyed regular playing time at Santos since he joined on a two-year deal at the start of the season.

And the experienced right-back believes he can challenge for a place in Kwesi Appiah’s squad ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.

“Of course I am playing and will be glad to return to the national team,” Pantsil told Happy FM

“The national team belongs to all of us and so if the coach thinks you’re needed at a particular point in time and calls you, why not.

“I am ever ready to return to the Black Stars. It’s the pride and joy of any player to play for the national team.

“I am concentrating on my club duties at Santos but if the opportunity presents itself to return, I will grab it.”

Paintsil will have to compete with the likes of Daniel Opare, Samuel Inkoom and Harrison Afful for a place in the Black Stars as all of the players have shown good form in the national team in recent times.

The ex-Hapoel Tel Aviv defender is the second most capped Ghanaian player after veteran goalkeeper Richard Kingson after playing 88 times for the West Africans.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. texas says:

    Hmmmmmmm…Pantsil always reminds me of Ghana vs Uruguay match in South Africa 2010. The unnecessary free kick he gave away gave Uruguay the equalizer….

    • iantwii says:

      Yes, I remember this all the time. HE SHOULD NEVER BE RECALLED. Paintsil, John Mensah, Stephen Appiah, Rechard Kingson and Derek Boateng should not be considered anymore. However, with only one exception. LARYEA KINGSTON should be given an opportunity to represent ghana, at least, for once. This is the man who lost his club opportunities because of national duty. He deserves it.

  2. EA1us says:

    “second-tier” says it all, bro you can’t “want” it you EARN it.

  3. Magnum says:

    Opare and Afful are doing perfectly well not forgetting Inkoom, this 3 guy! JP you can’t challenge them.

  4. danny alvez says:

    @EA1us, second tier? what about samuel inkoom who is without a club.brazil 2014 will be a joke for us if we dont take things serious.

  5. Papadinho says:

    ahahahahahaha fuck u Pantsil and fuck u again!!!! Infacht you are a goat and a bloody fool for thinking you will make the world cup squad!! Kwasia boy like u. Fuck u and fuck Dauda the juju man. Dauda will break his foot or arms just before the release of the WC squad!! Kwarasey is the chosen one and nobody can stop him now.

  6. Assemblyman says:

    This guy too..Eii!!Ghana..hahahaha

  7. Abrantie says:

    Haha, won pe ni bebi entran. Excuse my terrible spelling of Twi

  8. Kofi(Atlanta) says:

    I agree with you John. If clubless and inaction player can be given chance upon chances to impress why not you. Affter you are still the most trusted and dependable right back the country has ever had.

  9. BENARD BOATENG says:

    HE CAN EARN HIS PLACE.

  10. JOTEX says:

    is this goat still alive?

  11. kukuphilly says:

    If u were playing in the top flight I will consider but second division paaa di3 pantsil am sorry.





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