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Soccer News of Friday, 28 February 2003

Source: Soccer Express

Paintsil Impresses In Isreal

Israeli club, Tel-Aviv's title challenge seems to have been boosted with the arrival of on loan Ghanaian international, John Paintsil from Liberty Professionals.

The Black Stars player who is on a season loan move to Tel-Aviv for $43, 000 is reported to have impressed the club’s officials with his performance as a wing-back.

Tel Aviv club officials who see Paintsil as one of the best buys during the last two seasons are ready to make an offer to Painstil and his Ghanaian club, Berekum Arsenals for a permanent move.

Cash strapped Berekum Arsenals, which was on the verge of been put on sale can’t resist the $156,546 offer after the move by Ade Coker to buy out the Berekum club failed.

If deal is sealed then the Ghanaian player could spend another two or more years in Israel.

Paintsil who was transferred to Tel Aviv by Liberty Professionals where he was on loan from Berekum Arsenals is expected to revert back to Arsenals after his present loan move ends.

After the expiration of the loan deal with Tel-Aviv, Berekum Arsenals would negotiate for the proposed $156,546 offer from Tel-Aviv for the Ghanaian international.

John Painstil before moving to Israel was reported to be joining Ghanaian league champions, Hearts of Oak. Reports then by pro-Hearts newspaper suggested that the Phobians had beaten rivals Asante Kotoko to the Black Stars player.

But Hearts administrative manager, Ashford Tetteh-Oku denied it though he admitted that Hearts were interested in the player.

Both Kotoko and Hearts managed to register Painstil for their various CAF assignments this season and will thus be one man short when the competitions kick off next month.