The 31-year-ld right back, capped over 80 times for the Black Stars believes he and several of his more experienced colleagues have a lot to offer the nation, despite their getting on in years.
John Paintsil a guest on Joy FM’s Sports Link, responded to a wide range of issues based on numerous questions sent in to the programme by listeners.
On his club future, the Black Stars right back stated that he had left matters in the hands of his agent, who had not yet landed a club for the him.
Paintsil saw limited action at Championship side Leicester City, who released him in May, 2012.
The star attributed his inability to break into the Leicester team to the sacking of Sven Goran Erikson- the manager who recruited him.
Painstil intimated that in Europe especially, defenders struggled to land clubs but hoped to be on a European clubs’ books by the end of August.
Commenting on his future or lack of it with the stars, John praised the current crop of Black Star players and lauded them for their impressive display versus the Lesotho national team in Kumasi.
He however felt that senior players have a lot to offer the senior side, adding that experience is an invaluable asset in international football.
“Ghana has a bright future and we have players who can easily fit into this side. Older players should be ready to play when called. They have experience to offer and can mix with the inexperienced players. Experienced players are experts in delay tactics, confusing referees and winning free- kicks. For me the focus is on my club career though I am always available to play for the stars.”
Philanthropy is one of the defender’s strengths and in line with this Panstil spoke briefly about the Painstil’s P’s Kids Project designed to help disadvantaged kids in society.
Taking a cue from erstwhile professionals who made millions and failed to invest for future purposes, the former Europa League finalist is taking counsel from elders and good friends on how to guarantee his continued high standard of living post his playing career.
Pantsil also chided fellow professionals on extravagant spending on unnecessary properties, houses and cars.
He fittingly ended his one and a half hour thoroughly entertaining interview, by advocating for peace before, during and after the December, 2012 elections.
“I am appealing for peace. Ghana is seen as a peaceful country outside. God will continue to bless Ghana.”
Source Joy News Ghana