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Black Stars Assistant Coach John Paintsil Sues Media Outlets and Journalists Over Criticism of Coaching Appointment

Former Ghanaian footballer John Paintsil has taken legal action against several media houses, sports journalists, and an analyst following criticism of his recent appointment as assistant coach of the Ghana national team.

In a writ dated Thursday, April 4, 2024, Paintsil filed a lawsuit against Saddick Adams, Christopher Nimley, Patrick Osei Agyemang (Countryman Songo), and Veronica Commey, who have been vocal critics of the state of Ghanaian football under the banner of Save Ghana Football.

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The lawsuit also includes three media houses – Omni Media Limited, Angel Broadcasting Network, and the Multimedia Group – which are linked to the journalists involved.

Paintsil’s legal action comes after his questioning of the motives behind the Save Ghana Football demonstration on February 14, 2024. His remarks, along with his subsequent appointment as assistant coach, drew further criticism, with Countryman Songo allegedly making unsubstantiated allegations against him.

Other journalists questioned Paintsil’s qualifications for the coaching role, referencing an old “fake certificate.” In response, Paintsil has initiated court proceedings, with the defendants given eight days to respond.

Meanwhile, Paintsil has begun working as assistant coach alongside Otto Addo, with their first matches resulting in a 2-1 loss to Nigeria and a 2-2 draw against Uganda.

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