KRC Genk youngster Joseph Paintsil has expressed his delight following his maiden Ghana U-23 call-up by coach Ibrahim Tanko.
The 20-year-old is part of four foreign based players invited to help Ghana’s Olympic male team to engage Gabon in the 2019 U-23 African Cup of Nation’s qualifier. The youngster, who was handed his maiden call-up to the Black Meteors, say he cannot hide his joy for the opportunity to help his country.
“I’m happy with the call up because I believe that will give me the opportunity to showcase what I have and what I can do for my country” Paintsil told Ghanacrusader.com
Having featured for all the national teams ,Black Starlets, Satellites and at some point the Black Stars B, the former Tema Youth star believes a Ghana U-23 call-up sets the tone for a senior national team invitation.
“My ultimate target is the Black Stars and I believe this is a big step to achieve that.When I perform well at this level I believe I can get the chance into the Black Stars which is every young player’s target.”
With Ibrahim Tanko at the helm of affairs, Paintsil is optimistic that a good performance could open the door for a Black Stars call-up. Tanko is the assistant coach of the Black Stars and the head coach of Ghana’s Olympic team.
Painstil is an attacking midfielder who creates and can score goals as well.He has racked up some impeccable figures in the last two years, scoring 10 times in 22 games for Tema Youth before his loan move to Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros TC where he bagged 12 goals in 25 games for the club.
He moved to Belgian top-flight side KRC Genk in the 2018 summer and has so far bagged 3 goals in the league and scored once in the Uefa Europa league.