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Former Black Stars and West Ham United defender John Paintsil has encouraged Southampton centre-back Mohammed Salisu to make himself available for national duty.

Paintsil believes the previous fracas involving Kevin-Prince Boateng and handlers of the team may have played a major role for the dependable full-back to have rejected a call-up.


Red hot Salisu has been blazing explosively for the Saints in the English Premier League this season, having featured in 13 games and scoring ones. He has, however, made himself unavailable for selection into the Black Stars, reckoning he is not yet ready to play for Ghana.


“Playing for your country is the best thing that will ever happen to any player because it’s something that will put you on the map for people to see, and your respect will rise high and a lot of clubs will even start chasing you when they see you play at the World Cup and Africa Cup,” Paintsil, who represented Ghana at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, told Goal.


“What I am thinking is that he’s probably looking at some of the players like Kevin-Prince Boateng who came to play for Ghana and at the end the boy was struggling with the media, being dropped from the World Cup, fighting, all these things – players look at all these before joining the national team.


“So I think he maybe needs time, and as an ex-player, I’ll advise that playing for Ghana will help him a lot and boost him higher for a lot of clubs to see him. Sometimes you don’t look at what is happening to somebody and make a decision on that.


“For me, Ghana Black Stars is the best place for every player in the world. So I’ll advise that whatever is keeping him away should be respected but I would say he should speed up and play for his country,” Paintsil added.


By: Pascal Nii Gogo Amoah

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