John Paintsil announces retirement from football

John Paintsil announces retirement from football

Ghanaian defender John Paintsil has announced his retirement from active football via his official Instagram page on social media.

John Paintsil announces retirement from football

Paintsil announced his retirement

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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.

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He also played in the 2010 AFCON finals with the Black Stars who narrowly lost to Egypt as a silver medalist.

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