Why I didn’t use ‘football age’ — Ex-Black Stars International explains

A former Black Stars defender John Paintsil says he never cheated in his age during his playing days despite the age-cheating practice being common in his days at the senior national soccer team.

According to Pantstil, although he would have forged his age given the chance, circumstances surrounding how he earned a national team call up prevented him from doing so.

“I have no football age. If I had football age, by now, I’m on top of my career” the Legon Cities scout said on TV XYZ’s Legends show on Sunday evening.

Age-cheating is a common phenomenon in the African football. Most players on the continent are known to have two ages, the football age and the real age.

Mostly players cheat to prolong their stay in the football game in order to save enough money to enable them withstand the social and economic hardship on the continent.

“I think if I had that opportunity that time I would have changed it, if I had that chance. That chance I had I can say Sulley Muntari has no football age [too] because he and I were recruited from the Inter-regionals at Bolgatanga. Our father and president, may his soul rest in peace, Professor Mills.

“Atta Mills brought us from Bolga because he picked us from school our everything [records] was intact. We couldn’t temper with our ages. That’s why we couldn’t get the opportunity to play for U-17,” John Paintsil explained to Legends host Agyemang Prempeh.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/

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