Ex-Ghana defender, John Paintsil has urged the entire Black Stars players to step up their performance in the ongoing 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
The Black Stars fell under the jackknife of North Africans, Morocco in the opening Group C game at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Monday.
The four time African champions are chasing a first title in 40-years but Soufiane Boufal’s 82nd minute strike was enough for Morocco to momentarily peg back that idea.
John Paintsil, whose playing career has taken him across Europe and the continent, says each player must take responsibility on the field.
He urged the squad to step up their game if they have to make an impact at the tournament.
“I think all the players should be leaders on the field because you cannot have only the captain or [Daniel] Amartey who has been pushing so hard talking to the players most of the time.
“Every player must be a leader especially when you are playing for the national team.
“The jersey you are wearing is something that you cannot joke with it.
“Every player, each and everyone has to step up their game.” John Paintsil told GTV Sports Plus.
The Black Stars last laid hands on the AFCON trophy in Libya 1982 and have only come close twice – second place finishes against Egypt in 2010 in Angola and West African neighborhs, Ivory Coast in Equatorial Guinea in 2015.
Ghana’s next group c opponents are Gabon who put a goal past AFCON debutants, Comoros in the second group game on Monday.