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Joseph Paintsil should have played friendlies against Japan and Chile. – Otto Addo

Ghana coach Otto Addo has defended his decision to leave in-form Joseph Paintsil out of the Black Stars squad, claiming that "at the moment, I see others ahead of him."

Due to the winger's impressive form, some have questioned Paintsil's exclusion from Ghana's squad to play Brazil and Nicaragua.

The 24-year-old has been a part of the Black Stars for a while and was one of the team's few bright spots during its dismal performance at AFCON 2021.

The Genk star played in both the AFCON 2023 qualifier against the Central African Republic and the team that defeated Nigeria to advance to the 2022 World Cup (CAR).

Joseph Paintsil should’ve played Japan, Chile friendlies – Otto AddoPaintsil, however, was just one of many players who didn't travel with Ghana to Japan in July to play the Blue Samurai and Chile in the Kirin Cup.

Paintsil, who has four goals and two assists this season, was benched by Addo, who gave an explanation that the winger ought to have played against Chile and Japan.

He stated that despite the 24-year-success, old's he currently believes that other players are in a better position than him.

In a press conference before the match against Brazil, Ghana's coach said, "He was very close to making the squad, but we have to make some tough decisions.

"Now that the new players have joined, the decisions are even more difficult. Joseph is doing well, but I believe he should have played in the matches against Japan and Chile to show more of himself. I can understand why he made the decision to leave the team, but I think it would have been better for him to do so.

However, I can only judge based on what I can currently see, and that is that others are in front of him.

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