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Ghana’s John Paintsil appointed new Kaizer Chiefs assistant

Former Black Stars defender John Paintsil has been appointed the new assistant coach of South African Premier League club Kaizer Chiefs.

Paintsil, who replaces former South African international Doctor Khumalo, will now work alongside Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela.

Paintsil had stints in his native Ghana with Berekum Arsenal and Liberty Professionals and a brief spell with Polish side Widzew Łódź before moving to Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2002.

After the 2006 World Cup, Israeli international Yossi Benayoun recommended Paintsil to West Ham United manager Alan Pardew as the Premier League club was in need of a right-back. Pardew took Paintsil with the rest of the squad on their pre-season tour of Sweden and he featured in the matches out there putting in some impressive performances.

In August 2006, West Ham completed the signing of Paintsil after a work permit was granted. Paintsil was given the number 14 shirt at West Ham and competed for a place in the side with Tyrone Mears and Jonathan Spector.

He made only five appearances for West Ham during the 2006–07 season and in the summer of 2007 was weighing up his options in order to ensure his place in the Ghana national team for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. However, the defender remained at West Ham and in July 2008 before joining Fulham.

On 21 July 2011, Paintsil joined Leicester City on a free transfer. He became manager Sven-Göran Eriksson’s eighth signing of the summer. Paintsil was released by Leicester in May 2012 having made seven appearances in all competitions.

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