Don’t develop teams around one player—John Paintsil to GPL clubs

Black Stars assistant coach John Paintsil has advised Ghana Premier League clubs not to build their squads around a single star.

He perceives that if they do so and a player goes, it will not impact the team’s core, given that players in the local league are signing with clubs abroad.

This has been noticed recently with players like Emmanuel Keyekeh, Richmond Lamptey, and Steven Mukwala signing with clubs in Rwanda and Tanzania.

“Running football is a business, so if the player is young and has the opportunity to go, why not?’ Paintsil said in an interview on Asempa FM.

“You need to have a big squad, if you really want to do business. The player can be 16 years and the team in Europe can buy for a long-term contract.

“The man who, the chairman, the president himself, who is using his money needs to get a return. So I don’t think there’s a problem in that.

“But, so when you are building a team, you need to build the structure well, so that you have many players. Don’t build a team around one or two players.”

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