Milovan does not have enough experienced players to win AFCON – John Paintsil

Milovan does not have enough experienced players to win AFCON – John Paintsil

John Paintsil, a former Ghana international player, has stated that Black Stars coach, Milovan Rajevac does not have enough experience in his 28-mam squad to end Ghana’s 40-year Africa Cup of Nations trophy.

Although Milovan Rajevac named Jonathan Mensah, Mubarak Wakaso, Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew, Abdul Baba Rahman and a host of other players who have been involved in the Black Stars’ previous AFCON campaigns, Paintsil is of the view that the experience in the squad is not enough to secure Ghana a fifth AFCON title in Cameroon.

The 28-man squad includes 17 players with no continental experience and several others who are yet to make their debut for the Black Stars.

The former Fulham defender explained that “When he came in 2010, we were masters of our own and we were only taking instructions. But now that generation is not there. When you look at the team now, we only have Jonathan Mensah and Dede Ayew, which is not enough for any coach.

“Milo [Rajevac] came because he loves Ghanaians and he knows the players will deliver for him. In some cases, no coach would have come and taken the job in such a crucial moment because it is Ghana we are talking about, a football-loving country.

“I said it was a crucial and wrong time because of the players he was coming to meet – players who had never been together, who had never played so many matches as a team, thinking that they had quality as a team but only quality as individuals, it was going to be difficult for him.

“But in all, if you look at what he has done in for the short period, it tells you that he is a great coach.”

Meanwhile, Ghana is expected to play Algeria in a friendly match on Wednesday, January 5, 2021, before jetting off to Cameroon for the tournament which kick starts on January 9.

Source: Richard Mensah Adonu | Join our Telegram Group

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