Painstil: Unity key to Ghana’s success
6 February 2015
Maritzburg United defender John Paintsil says that the camaraderie within the Black Stars camp can see then lifting the AFCON trophy on Sunday.
Ghana are up against a start-studded Ivory Coast team in Sunday’s final. But based on what he has seen of the Ghana national team over the past few years and during he tournament itself, Paintsil is optimistic about his country’s chances.
“I’m very proud of the way the team played in the 3-0 win over Equatorial Guinea, and the way they have played throughout the tournament.
“Ghana play as a team, they respect each together and their opponents, they are showing a hunger and desire to succeed. The team is united and they have a common goal to succeed,” Paintsil told maritzburgunited.co.za.
“There have been some excellent performances,” he continued, “Mubarak Wakaso was outstanding against in the semi-final. The new guy, Kwessi Appiah, has also been excellent.
"He typified the spirit in the Ghana camp when he set up Dede Ayew for the third goal with some unselfish play when he might have gone for goal himself.
“Everyone has done well, from player one to 18, the coach, the technical staff.
“The thing is with Ghana, it doesn’t matter where you come from, the NFD, the third division, and league or country, when you arrive in the national team setup, everyone welcomes you and everyone is equal.
There has been a great spirit of unity for some time now in the group – we have a lot of very good players, but no superstars.
“My advice for the playes on Sunday would be to go out and enjoy the game, to approach it like any ogther match and keep doing what has brought them success to now.
“Its going to be an interesting one. Back in 2008, both Ghana and Ivpory Coast were expected to play in the final, but ended up playing in the third place play off. So now its almost like a rematch, they get to meet again, but this time in the final.”