John Paintsil Reveals Trading Blows with Emmanuel Osei Kufuor in the 2002 Afcon


John Paintsil, ex Black Stars defender 


Former Black Stars defender,  John Paintsil has revealed in an interview he granted Kasapa FM of fighting team mate, Emmanuel Osei Kufuor during the 2002 Afcon in Mali.

Black Stars in the 2002 Afcon, suffered series of disunity among the players, resulting to the sacking of Samuel Osei Kufuor from camp.

In a shocking revelation, John Paintsil disclosed how he fought Accra Hearts of Oak player, Emmanuel Osei Kufuor because he was a bully in camp.

“I fought with one of my seniors during that tournament. Emmanuel Kuffour the General is that player. He brought the fight. He was bullying and making life uncomfortable for me in camp. I know he will laugh over it now because we have moved on. He really made me feel bad in camp, I just couldn’t tolerate him any longer so I threw the punch, he replied and we fought”.

It has been widely speculated that, the senior national team the Black Stars has not been united, a reason Ghana has not won the African Cup of Nations for over 30 years.

Sharing his thoughts on the unity in camp, John Paintsil believes unity among players those days were missing, describing the situation as rough.

“The national team was rough at that time but I think we were rebuilding. There was no unity among the players because everyone felt he was a senior”,

Black Stars in the 2002 Afcon got eliminated in the quarter final stage by the Super Eagles of Nigeria, scoring Ghana a lone goal in the process.

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