Former Black Stars defender, John Paintsil has described the kits that were used by the Black Stars at the AFCON 2002 in Mali as “ugly”.
According to him, Ghana had one of the worst kits at the 2002 AFCON as compared to the beautiful kits that countries like South Africa had.
He went on to liken the kits the Black Stars wore at the tournament to Batakari – a hand-made traditional attire which is mostly worn by people in the northern part of Ghana.
Paintsil also revealed that Ghana did not have good technical equipment, adding that Mr Cujoe Fianoo, the team manager at the time, had to use coal tar to inscribe their names on the back of their jerseys for every match.
“At Mali 2002 AFCON, it was very sad for those of us in the national team. Although we were eating very well in camp, we never had good technical equipment,” Painstil said in an interview with Kasapa FM.
“We lived across the South African team. Every morning you will see them in their Adidas kits, in their green and white, then you will see us in our fugu or batakari, it was ugly.”
“I remember on every match day Mr Cudjoe Fianoo, who was our team manager then, had to use coal tar to write our names and numbers and all that,” he added.
Ghana’s 2002 AFCON squad included players like Sammy Adjei, Michael Essien, Samuel Kuffour, JohN Mensah, Derrick Boateng and Ishmael Addo.
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