Paintsil defends Rahman Baba amidst supporter abusefter Port
Ex-Ghana full-back John Paintsil has paid tribute to Abdul Rahman Baba despite the latters costly World Cup error.
Ex-Ghana right-back John Paintsil has praised under-fire Black Stars left-back Abdul Rahman Baba for his performance against Portugal in the West Africans World Cup opener, even if a critical error by the defender proved costly.
Baba was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up ahead of Gideon Mensah, and was at fault in the 78thminute when he clumsily failed to cut out a through-ball, allowing Joao Felix in to put the Portuguese 2-1 ahead.
However, Paintsil insists the left-sider deserves credit for his overall performance.
It was a difficult moment, Paintsil toldGOAL, but at the end of the day, he did really well he even assisted the second goal for Ghana, and his work rate was very, very positive.
The slide ball was very tight, the player was on the run, [Baba] was focusing on the man running at the same time looking at where the ball was coming from.
In football, mistakes can come, but when players are down, we lift them up.