Ghana defender John Paintsil has officially retired from international football after two years of absence from the Black Stars squad.
The 35-year-old former West Ham, Fulham and Leicester City right-back rose through the ranks of the junior national team after playing a role in Ghana’s second-place finish at the 2001 Fifa World Youth Championship in Argentina.
He earned his first call up to the Black Stars same year, enjoying a total of 89 caps, although without a goal.
He last played for the team in 2013 when he made Ghana’s squad to the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
He is widely remembered for running around the pitch with Ghana’s flag in hand whenever the Black Stars win a game at the Fifa World Cup in both the 2006 and 2010 editions.
“John Paintsil will like to announce his retirement from been a soccer player on international stage,” Paintsil posted Instagram.
“I thank God for bringing me this far. It was a long journey from 1999 to 2016. Two Fifa World Cup tournaments and five Afcon [editions appearances] and 89 caps for Ghana,” he added.
Paintsil, until recently, was playing for South African PSL side Maritzburg United but parted ways mutually with the club following a disagreement with management.
He says he will play his last season at club level next term, as he continues to pursue a coaching certificate to take up a full-time role in the dugout in the future.