John Paintsil, a former Ghanaian football player, talked about a sad and interesting event that happened to him as a child that made him swear he would never taste anything with alcohol in it again.
John Paintsil said on Angel TV that he made the promise after seeing his dad’s drunk friend lying in the trash.
Paintsil was very innocent back then, so he asked his dad why his best friend had slept in the dirty ditch. His dad’s answer made Paintsil swear he would never drink alcohol again.
John Paintsil is glad he stuck to that principle, even though being a great football player makes him want to give in.
His answer was that it was one of the rules of personal discipline he had to follow to be successful in his work.
The father of a friend of mine was passed out in the gutter, and when I asked my dad why, he answered it was because he had been drinking. I vowed to myself that I would never consume alcohol, and I haven’t had a single alcoholic beverage since then.
He finally summed it up by saying, “There comes a time in life when you are able to afford all the things you want, but you need to be self-discipline.”
Defensive stalwart and all-around nice guy John Paintsil won the hearts of many Ghanaian football fans.
John Paintsil has appeared in more than five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and in two of Ghana’s four World Cup campaigns.
Paintsil played a significant role for Ghana at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, where the squad did pretty well.
In his professional career, he suited up for a number of teams, including Fulham, Leicester City, Kaizer Chiefs, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and West Ham United.
After retiring from playing, Paintsil moved into a career in football administration and coaching. The John Paintsil Football Academy is his business.
He’s enrolled in the CAF licence B programme right now.