By Patrick Akoto
John Pantsil is likely to be handed a recall to the Black Stars ahead of the return fixture of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi next month.
The 30-year-old defender has been on cloud nine since he joined Israeli giants Hapoel Tel Aviv where he has featured in their last five games after emerging as their undisputed first- choice at the right-back.
The West African heavyweight laboured to beat The Flames 2-0 in the first leg at home and that has re-ignited the debate on shoring up the team with experienced hands.
Many of the Black Stars players including Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew have expressed the need to recall some of the experienced players into the squad ahead of the crucial second leg in Blantyre.
Coach Kwesi Appiah could hand the former West Ham and Fulham man a return to the national team following the disappointing displays from Daniel Opare and Samuel Inkoom.
The Standard Liege defender earned his first competitive start at the right back position during the qualifier at home but many feel Paintsil can do better even with the presence of Samuel Inkoom.
There are growing reports that the ex-Leceister City player could be considered to return to his position after his commanding performances for the Uefa Europa League campaingers.
Pantsil was been one of the mainstays of the Ghana national team for several until he was cut out following a difficult spell at English Championship side.
He has two world cups under his belt and is the most second capped player after goalkeeper Richard Kingson with an incredible 85 senior appearances.
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