Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

Black Stars and KRC Genk winger, Joseph Paintsil has opened up on his omission from the final squad by coach Otto Addo for the 2022 Fifa World cup in Qatar.
 
Speaking on 3FM, the former Tema Youth star revealed that his exclusion from the final squad really motivated him to work harder.

“It really motivated [missing out on the World Cup squad] me and I think the same week my father passed away. May his soul rest in peace. Normally if it were to be someone else it would have dimmed the spirit of the person but it rather strengthened me and I know my father would be happy,” he said

“I still stood on my ground and fought very hard. Even though the World Cup selection was a little bit sad from the start, I just advised myself to concentrate on my football career and just concentrate on the club and just put in everything and it just started and everything was working good for me.

He however added that, despite the disappointment, he holds nothing against any coach because he believes their decisions must be respected.

“I felt a little bit disappointed in the past but you never know, everybody has his decision as a coach and I do need to respect it and move on as a professional footballer with a great mindset and just do what I need to do on the field of play when I’m given the opportunity.”

Paintsil was phenomenal for Belgian Pro League side KRC Genk this season where he bagged in 18 goals and 14 assists.

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