Ghanaian defender John Paintsil has announced his retirement from active football via his official Instagram page on social media.
The 34-year-old former Black Stars player recently had his time with South African Club Maritzburg United terminated.
Paintsil who was in the news recently for assaulting a policeman said: “John Paintsil the Jeonju Man will like to announce my retirement from being a soccer player.
“I thank God for bringing me this far. Was a long journey from 1999 to 2016. 2 world cups and 5 AFCON and 89 CAPS FOR GHANA.”
Paintsil’s 17 year sojourn as a footballer saw him play at teams like English sides Fulham, West Ham and Leicester City, Israeli sides Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel as well as South African team Santos.
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He excelled with local Ghanaian teams Berekum Arsenal and Liberty Professionals from where he moved on to Europe.
Paintsil played in all five games as a member of the Ghana 2010 World Cup team that reached the quarter-finals in South Africa before losing to Uruguay.
He also played in the 2010 AFCON finals with the Black Stars who narrowly lost to Egypt as a silver medalist.