Paintsil parts ways with South African club Maritzburg United

The Ghana defender has been handed the opportunity to leave the Team of Choice after his recent misconducts

Ghana defender John Paintsil has confirmed that he is leaving South Africa Premier Soccer League side Maritzburg United.

The 31-year-old joined the Pietermaritzburg-based outfit in 2014 from Santos FC in the South African National First Division but was reported to have fallen out with manager Ernst Middendorp on disciplinary grounds alongside team-mate Ashley Hartog.

“Definitely I will be leaving the club because they have already told me that I'm not in the plans of the coach,” Paintsil told Kickoff.

“We as professional players need to understand that if the coach says you are not part of his plans I don't think we should force ourselves, because at the end of the day, I know I played my part when we finished in the top eight for the first time,” he added. 

Paintsil has been capped 88 times with Ghana, but is yet to make a return after the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He was a member of Ghana’s team that played their first Fifa World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Goal understands that Painstil and Hartog have been accused of organising late night parties and inviting the youngsters in the team.