By Patrick Akoto
Defender John Pantsil has expressed his delight at being recalled to the Ghana squad for the crucial return leg of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.
The 30-year-old has not been involved with the Black Stars since last February.
He was frozen out of the team by head coach Kwesi Appiah due to his lack of first team opportunities at English Championship side Leicester City.
However, after churning out impressive displays for Israeli giants Hapoel Tel Aviv, the experienced right back has been handed the opportunity to prove his worth in the Ghana squad again by the Black Stars trainer.
“I am happy to be back in the team. I want to play and that’s why I came here (Israel),” Pantsil said
“If it was about money, I would have stayed at Leicester because I had two more years but decided to cancel my contract.
“I want to play regularly and that’s what I getting from my new team. I am happy to be involved with the Black Stars again.”
The return of the former Fulham and West Ham man to the national team has not surprised those who were pushing for his recall into the team following his remarkable performances for the Uefa Europa League campaigners.
The Black Stars take a healthy 2-0 goal lead from the first leg to Lilongwe to battle The Flames for a slot at the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals to be held in South Africa.
Pantsil is the most consistent experienced player in the team with an incredible 85 senior appearances to his name.