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AFCON 2023: Joseph Paintsil apologises for Ghana’s premature exit

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Joseph Paintsil

Ghana winger Joseph Paintsil, a standout player for the Black Stars despite limited playing time, has issued a heartfelt apology to Ghanaians for the team’s disappointing performance in the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

Ghana’s hopes were dashed after a 2-2 draw with Mozambique in their final group game, marking an unprecedented third consecutive group stage exit in major tournaments.

Paintsil took to social media to express remorse, saying, “Sincere apologies to the good people of Ghana. We are truly sorry for not meeting your expectations. Important lessons to take away from this unforgettable experience. 💔 Thank you for coming through with your support in our low moments. 🙏”

Prior to his apology, Ghanaians had called for Paintsil’s regular inclusion in the squad, appreciating his efforts despite his limited playing time. In the first game against Cape Verde, he was arguably Ghana’s best player but was substituted off. In the following game against Egypt, he started from the bench and despite winning a penalty for Ghana against Mozambique, he was subbed off right after half-time for Andre Ayew.

An interesting post-match issue arose as coach Chris Hughton claimed Paintsil was fatigued, a claim the player promptly denied, saying, “What fatigue.”

Despite the disappointing team performance, Ghanaians welcomed Paintsil’s apology, mixing it with humour and referencing his response to the fatigue claims.

The online football community is abuzz with discussions on Ghana’s AFCON exit, Paintsil’s contributions, and the dynamics within the team.

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