Paintsil confirms he will play in Ghana before retirement

Soccer News of Thursday, 1 January 2015


Paintsil Hand

Defender John Paintsil has confirmed he will return to play in Ghana before finally retiring from football.

The 33-year-old who plays for South African club Maritzburg United is considered to be in the twilight of his career.

Paintsil has gone on to have a successful football career both at club and international level since turning professional in 1999.

The former Fulham man has played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals with the Black Stars in a career which spans over a decade.

Paintsil now confirms he will play once more again in Ghana for one of his three favourite local clubs to transfer his vast experience to the next generation before hanging up his boots.

“I will definitely come back to play in Ghana,” he said on Metro TV’s KickOff show.

“I have three teams in my mind; Berekum Arsenals, Liberty Professionals and the third team, I will not mention.”

Paintsil play for Berekum Arsenals and Liberty Professionals before making his first tri abroad in 2002.

He has played for Maccabi and Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel and West Ham in England. The right-back has played for Ghana at two World Cup finals.