Former Black Stars defender John Paintsil has slammed the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following Christian Atsu’s death during the tragic earthquake in Turkey.
Speaking with presenter Kaninja on Original Tv, the 42-year-old said that the GFA must be blamed for Atsu’s death because they ignored him during his prime with the Black Stars.
According to John Paintsil, the GFA must be held accountable for the player’s death for ignoring him at the age of 31 and allowing him to become surplus to requirements at his club, Hatayspor in the Süper Lig.
John Paintsil, now an assistant coach at Kaiser Chiefs, believes Atsu deserves a call up to the Ghana National Team squad because he deems him to be one of the players who has never dipped in form since playing for the country.
“At the age of 31, you snubbed him and kicked him out of your Black Stars. Atsu had been struggling to find a permanent position in a club Since the snub…We are all aware of the value and respect your club accords you when you represent your country. Don’t act as if you loved him when you don’t.” – he said.
After 17 years of playing comfortably at the rightback position for both club and country, John Paintsil retired from international football in 2016.
He played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maritzburg United, West Ham United Fulham, and Leicester City, among others.