Former Ghana star John Paintsil is happy with the inclusion of defenders John Boye and Jonathan Mensah to the Black Stars team for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mensah and Boye remain the two experienced defenders in the team having made previous appearances at the AFCON.
Boye, 31, made his Cup of Nations debut in 2012 and has since been an integral part of the team. Mensah on the other hand was named in Ghana’s Cup of Nations team in 2010 making it to the last five editions of the competition.
Paintsil who played as a right-back during his days with the Black Stars insists the inclusion of the two will help the team.
“The back four is important for the team, playing left back and right back is important. Either they are good to go, can they communicate together? Do they recover when one is off? Are they okay in the air? Is important,” John Paintsil tells TV3 Sports.
“Defensively we need the experience, is very important. Without experience defenders there is going to be a lot of problems, but for me Jonathan Mensah, John Boye being there I think we are good to go.”
Four out of the eight defenders in Ghana’s 23-man squad will make their Cup of Nations debut in Egypt.
Joseph Attamah Larweh, Joseph Aidoo, Lumor Agbenyenu and Kassim Nuhu are all making the maiden Cup of Nations appearance.
By Frank Darkwah