Iconic former Black Stars defender, John Paintsil, has stated categorically that there was no friction in the Black Stars team in his time.
Paintsil made 89 appearances for the senior national soccer team between 2001 and 2013.
He featured prominently in the team as Ghana made its FIFA World Cup debut in 2006 and he was among the key parts of the team during the tournament as Ghana reached the last 16 in Germany.
The erstwhile Fulham full-back was speaking to Agyemang Prempeh on the Legends programme on Sunday, 9 August 2020.
“No, the language is my teammate. You give your teammate pass when its needed. If you don’t give pass at the right time, you know your pass which didn’t go through, you shouldn’t have given it. So, the mindset this is my friend and I will pass him is not in football,” he said on Osu-based TV XYZ.
He mentioned although he was on good terms with all his colleagues at the Black Stars, John Mensah was his closest friend.
“I was not at loggerheads with anyone, but, I had cordial relationship with someone because if you’re in a club everyone has his close associate. John Mensah was my roommate throughout my time with the senior national team. At camp often times when you see John you’d probably see me and vice versa.”.
Paintsil added, “The connection was there.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams /Mypowerfmonline.com/Ghana