Joseph Paintsil, the talented Ghanaian winger, has acknowledged that the winger position in the Black Stars squad is highly competitive. As the team prepares for the fifth round of matches in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Madagascar, head coach Chris Hughton faces the task of selecting two wingers for the game.
The current pool of wingers in the team includes Jordan Ayew, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Osman Bukari, Joseph Paintsil, Ernest Nuamah, Andre Ayew, and Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer. In the previous fixtures against Angola in March, Jordan Ayew and Sulemana started, but it was substitutes Paintsil and Bukari who combined to score the equalizer.
In an interview with 3Sports, Paintsil, who plays for KRC Genk, admitted that the winger position is the most fiercely contested in the Black Stars squad. He emphasized that there are numerous talented and strong wingers competing for a place in the team. Paintsil also highlighted that the competition extends to the entire squad and that they support and enjoy each other’s performances.
Paintsil further emphasized that the players are not concerned about who starts the game because they have confidence in each other’s abilities. He expressed his appreciation for the healthy competition within the team, as it pushes them to strive for excellence. Ultimately, their collective goal is to ensure Ghana’s qualification for every tournament.
The upcoming match against Madagascar on Sunday carries significant importance for the Black Stars, as a victory will secure their place in the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast next year. The match is scheduled to kick off at 17:00 GMT.