John Paintsil extends South Africa stay

The former West Ham right-back has been handed contract renewal by the Team of Choice

Ghana defender John Paintsil has signed a new two-year deal with South African side Maritzburg United following an impressive performance under coach Steve Komphele this season.

The 30-year-old joined the Pietermaritzburg-based outfit last season from Santos FC in the South African National First Division. He has been described by pundits as a revelation this term in the Premier Soccer League.

He featured 27 times for Maritzburg, who finish 8th for the first time in the club’s history.

Paintsil has been capped 88 times with Ghana, but is yet to make a return after the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

He was a member of Ghana’s team that played their first Fifa World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Paintsil joined West Ham after the 2006 World Cup and spent two seasons at the Boleyn Ground before completing a move to Fulham in 2008.

He was groomed at Ghanaian club Berekum Arsenal, playing four seasons in the domestic league between 1999 and 2002 before moving abroad to sign for Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Source: Goal

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