Maritzburg axe John Paintsil

Maritzburg axe John Paintsil

Maritzburg axe John Paintsil

Paintsil with Hartog

Ghana defender John Paintsil has been told by his South African club side Maritzburg United to look elsewhere because for now he is surplus to the plans of their coach.

The experienced centre-back who once played in the EPL for West Ham and Fulham was declared surplus to requirements at the struggling club that is coached by German trainer, Ernst Middendorp.

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While there are reports that he has been declared surplus to requirements by coach Ernst Middendorp, the Citizen newspaper claims the Ghanaian was fired because of misconduct.

The former Black Stars wingback is reported to have been handed his dismissal letter on Thursday night with another senior player in the squad Ashley Hartog even though he has six months left on his contract.

Meanwhile, the player has revealed that he will take a look at other options with regards to his career, once the new coach at the club, Middendorp is not too keen on keeping him.

"Definitely I will be leaving the club because they have already told me that I'm not in the plans of the coach," Paintsil told Kickoff.

"We as professional players need to understand that if the coach says you are not part of his plans I don't think we should force yourself, because at the end of the day, I know I played my part and when we finished in the top eight for the first time," Paintsil said.

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While the official line is the coach not seeking to work with the duo, a source close to Maritzburg told the Citizen Phakaaathi newspaper that although the reasons for their release have not been made clear yet, it is suspected that it is because of misconduct.

The two were alleged to have partied late into the night with other young players recently to the displeasure of the club.

“The team was concerned about their conduct. They are the ones that organised the parties and would invite the youngsters to stay late into the night. It is suspected that when Mondli (Cele) died recently, he had been out partying with them,” said the source.

Former captain Hartog, who has played only 10 league games this season, says he is not extending his contract which is running till the end of June.

"You see I don't want to talk about it because I don't want to say anything. But I can tell you I won't be playing for Maritzburg in the next six months," Hartog said.

Brian Zuma, the club’s spokesman was not immediately available to comment on the firing of the two players.

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