I’d rather have been a security officer than a footballer — John Paintsil

Former Ghana International John Paintsil says if he had not pursued his interest in football he would have been a security officer.

Speaking to TV XYZ, the retired footballer said young Paintsil would have been much more at home enforcing law and order than dancing through defence.

“I would’ve been a Police Officer,” he told Agyemang Prempeh on the Legends show on Sunday, 9 August 2020.

Paintsil explains he would have chosen that career path because his father was a police officer and he aspired to follow suit adding that he never took football serious during his teenage years.

The former Liberty Professionals player is regarded as one of the best talents Ghana has ever produced, an undisputed fact history will remember him for.

According to him, his police officer father, Anthony Paintsil, who rose through the ranks to become a Chief Inspector of Police at a point in life played for the police national team so football comes naturally.

Paintsil played 89 games for the Black Stars and had stints with West Ham United, Fulham, Leicester City Santos among other clubs

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/

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