Kaizer Chiefs name Paintsil as assistant coach

The former defender has landed a job with the Amakhosi, few days after retiring from active football

Former Ghana defender John Paintsil has been appointed as the assistant coach of South African PSL side Kaizer Chiefs, to work under former coach Steve Komphela ahead of the new season.

The 35-year-old officially retired from active football last week, bringing to an end over a decade of successful career, which saw him ply his trade in England with West Ham, Fulham and Leicester City and until recently in South Africa with Maritzburg United. He replaced Doctor Khumalo, who has left the club on mutual consent.

Chiefs, after winning the Premier Soccer League title in 2014/15 season, suffered a poor campaign last term, finishing fifth on the log and 25 points behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

They have announced the signings of eight new players including Edmore Chirambadare and Michelle Katsvairo from Chicken Inn FC in Zimbabwe, in their bid to reclaim the title next season.

The club has also revealed that Brazilians Alexandre Revoredo and Marco Munhoz join as goalkeeping coach and physical trainer respectively.

Paintsil earned 89 caps for Ghana and played in two Fifa World Cup tournaments (2006 and 2010) as well as five Africa Cup of Nations finals.