2022 World Cup: John Paintsil confident of Black Stars qualification chances

Former Black Stars defender, John Paintsil has expressed optimism of Black Stars chances of securing a place to feature at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Ghana sits second on the standings of Group G and trails the group leaders South Africa by just a point after two games played.

Following Black Stars defeat against South Africa, many cast doubts on Ghana’s chances of returning to the Mundial.

But according to the former Fulham full-back, Ghana still has good players and should be able to compete well enough to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

“During my time, most of us were doing well in our clubs. It was very competitive with many of us playing in the English Premier League, some in Europe playing Europa League and Champions League,” Paintsil, who played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup in Germany and South Africa told BBC Africa Sports.

“If you check the stats – it doesn’t matter whether it is in Asia or wherever as long as they are playing very well.

The former Ghana international added, “Captain Andre Ayew has banged in three (now four) goals already (at Qatari club Al Sadd), Jordan plays every week (at Crystal Palace) and he’s still on it.

“I believe playing more matches together will help them. I don’t think not playing for major clubs in Europe will be a problem for the Black Stars.”

Ghana will aim for a win on Saturday when the Black Stars take on the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the third match of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Warriors will be hosted at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday at 16:00GMT.

Source: Modern Ghana

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