The Former Fulham defender, is urging Ghanaians to as a matter of urgency stop ‘creating tension’ between Inter Milan’s Kwadwo and the Ayew brothers.
Former Ghana right-back John Paintsil, has advised Ghanaians to stop creating a seeming tension between the Ayew brothers and Inter Milan ace Kwadwo Asamoah for the betterment of the current Black Stars team.
On Monday, the Ghana Football Association confirmed, the Inter Milan star had pulled out of the team to face Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on November 18th due to a knee injury.
Reports however, emerged later that Asamoah pulled out for the Black Stars squad to face Ethiopia in Adis Ababa following the return of the Ayew brothers who have not featured for Kwasi Appiah’s side for the past one year.
But Painstil says football isn’t about hatred and that it is about a time Ghanaians understood that and stop creating unnecessary tension between the two parties.
He nonetheless, called on Ghanaians to massively rally behind the team for its progress rather than dwelling on negativities which sought to bring the team down.
”It’s high time Ghanaians understood football isn’t about hatred. Even opposition players exchange pleasantries after games. One cannot claim Asamoah has excused himself because of the Ayews, he is a very discipline guy and loves everyone, and he creates jokes more than any player in camp.”Painstil told KUMASI FM 104.1MHZ.
He continued ”The Ayew brothers on the other hand are very friendly contrary to the perception in the public domain. Stop creating tension between them because there is no fight in camp. In my twelve years in camp.
”I never experienced black magic (juju) within the players. These players have children and it affect them in school when they hear people talk about the non-existing tension between their fathers, they grow with hatred for each other.
”The national team gives opportunity to Ghanaians who wants to seek greener pastures so the most important thing is praying for the team’s progress rather than dwelling on negativities.”
Meanwhile, the Black Stars have pitched camp in Kenya ahead of their must win game against Ethiopia on 18th November, 2018.
Ghana Squad for Ethiopia clash.
Richard Ofori (Martizburg, South Africa) Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France)
Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA) John Boye (FC Metz, France) Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting CP, Portugal) Andy Yiadom (Reading Football Club, England) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA) Kassim Nuhu (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany)
Andre Ayew (Fenerbahce, Turkey) Mubarak Wakaso (Alaves, Spain) Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy) Afriyie Acquah (Empoli,Italy) Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England) Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium) Thomas Partey (Atlético Madrid) Majeed Ashimeru (St. Gallen, Switzerland)
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England) Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey) Majeed Waris (FC Nantes, France) Emmanuel Boateng (Levante, Spain)