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Otto Addo living the dream with Ghana

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2006-06-19 05:34:29
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Otto Addo living the dream with Ghana

Ghana win friends in Israel

Paintsil plays for the Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv
Ghana has gained lots of new fans in Israel after their 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday.
Defender John Paintsil, who plays for Hapoel Tel Aviv, waved the Israeli flag to celebrate the Group E victory.

Israel's Sports Minister, Ofir Pines Paz was quick to recognise Paintsil's gesture.

"We have an Israeli at the World Cup. Paintsil's gesture has warmed our hearts and many Israelis have now become supporters of Ghana," Paz said.

Paintsil joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2002 before switching to their city rivals Hapoel.

"I love the supporters in Israel so I decided to take out the flag," Paintsil said.

"I have played for Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv and the supporters there always made me happy so I wanted to repay them."

Fifa spokesman Markus Siegler said the game's governing had no problem with Pantsil's action.

"Its like the mask incident last week when Ivan Kaviedes scored for Ecuador against Costa Rica and pulled a mask over his face to celebrate. Let's not get too petty about this. I think it's fine."

Israeli soccer pundits said Hapoel were looking to axe Paintsil from their line-up for next season but the club might now want to reconsider.

Hapoel issued a statement thanking Paintsil.

"The club is proud of its player John Paintsil, who raised the blue and white flag at the World Cup and in so doing expressed the warm ties between himself, his club and the country," Hapoel's statement read.

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06-19 03:23
More Isreali friends for Us
king Selah
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