Playing qualifiers and missing tournaments is part of football – John Paintsil

Ex-Ghana international John Paintsil has waded into the debate of how some players are often overlooked for tournament though they contributed in qualifications.

There’s been talks that most of the players that helped Ghana to qualify for the Qatar World Cup could be dropped when the European born Ghanaians are introduced.

In an interview, the former Fulham right-back called on Ghanaians to support Otto Addo and back the team he assembles for the tournament in Qatar.

New players Inaki Williams, Tariq Lamptey and Mohammed Salisu are all expected to make the team to Qatar.

“It’s up to him to invite players who will fit his system and philosophy to make sure that he has the right philosophy going forward,” Paintsil said as quoted by Kick Ghana.

“So we now become the supporters and spectators. We cannot decide for the coach, if the coach decides to go with the players (that played) the qualifiers or blend them together or go with the youth and experience, we all need to support.

“That thing has been happening, players play qualifiers and they don’t get the opportunity to play in the main tournament so it’s part of the game,” he insisted.

Painstil played for Ghana at two World Cups, in 2006 and 2010.