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10.08.2020 Football News

Legon Cities Will Become African Football Giant Soon - John Paintsil

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Former Ghana defender, John Paintsil
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Former Ghana defender, John Paintsil

Legon Cities Football Club will be transformed into an African giants club soon, according to John Paintsil.

The club made the headlines during the just truncated season due to how they entertained their fans during match days.

The management of the club is putting measures in place to establish a clubhouse to ease the accommodation challenges of players.

According to Paintsil, who played in the 2006 and 201 World Cup says construction of the facilities was part of the club’s five-year development plan which sought to transform Legon Cities into one of the most attractive and successful clubs in Africa.

“We have a mission to be one of the top three teams after each league in Ghana and also become one of the top five teams in Africa. This is part of our five-year development plan," Paintsil, who is a management member of the club told Graphic Sports.

“There is a projected action plan to construct our own stadium to add value to the club. We are also establishing our own training facilities, and hostels to accommodate our players to motivate them to excel ” said Paintsil who made 89 appearances for Ghana’s Black Stars between 2003 and 2013.

Paintsil further revealed that Legon Cities have now established an academy with a view to grooming the youth to be world-class footballers.

“We also want to groom many of our young players to play actively for the various national teams in Ghana and at the international level.

"We have now started a football academy to develop our young and talented footballers to enable them to play prominently locally as well as for clubs in Europe and beyond,” said Paintsil who is undertaking an advanced coaching course.

He also explained that he was currently undertaking an advanced course to obtain the CAF Licence A, which meets the licensing requirements of the Ghana Premier League and would also enable him to put his rich experience at the disposal of young footballers to develop their talents at the academy.

“Within the five-year period, we should be able to complete all these laudable projects to transform Legon Cities to be one of the most attractive and successful football clubs in Africa,” he added.

After hanging up his boots, Paintsil served as an assistant coach at South African glamour side, Kaizer Chiefs, before returning to join the management of Legon Cities.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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