John Paintsil calls for Black Stars support

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John Paintsil, a former player of the Black Stars has pleaded with the general public to rally their support behind the coach Otto Addo and the team going into the FIFA World Cup.

He said offering massive support to the team has the potential of seeing the team perform better in the Mundial.

The 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Qatar kick starts November 20 and ends on December 11, 2022.

With few days to the start of the tournament, Ghana’s final 26-man squad was announced by Coach Otto Addo on Monday, November 14, 2022.

The announcement of the squad has been characterized by criticism over the inclusion and exclusion of some players who are playing actively at their respective clubs.

John Paintsil, who represented Ghana at two separate FIFA World Cups [2006 and 2014] is of the view that with the necessary support from the Ghanaians he is confident Otto Addo and his in-charges will excel in the tournament.

“There is no way all of us will agree to the list the coach will announce, but I believe about 70 percent will be ok with his list. When that is achieved, l will plead with all to back the coach with our support.

“The fact that he was able to qualify us alone speaks volumes, l believe he will deliver, let’s rally behind him, let’s support them massively,” he was speaking on Accra-based Original FM as monitored by

According to him “that alone is positive for the team to soar high.”

The team has opened camp in Abu Dhabi ahead of the tournament its last pre-world cup friendly match against Switzerland on Thursday, November 17, 2022, before the start of the tournament.

Currently, 23 players have reported to camp with three others expected to join camp today to continue their preparations.

John Paintsil worn the Black Stars jersey from 2001-2013 playing 89 times and represented the team at major tournaments including the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.


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