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I don't owe Boateng - Paintsil speaks out

Written by Fiifi Anaman

Former Ghana international John Paintsil has categorically denied being financially indebted to his former teammate Derek Boateng.

On Monday, reports emerged of a court suit against Paintsil by Boateng, with the latter accusing the former of owing him to the tune of $20,000, from an agreement dating back to the duo's time in South Africa with the Black Stars during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Boateng is demanding full payment of the money plus interest at commercial bank rates. The former Fulham midfielder is also seeking payment of legal fees by Paintsil.

“All I can say is that I don’t owe Derek," Paintsil told Accra-based Kasapa FM.

“I have received summons from court over the said issue and I have discussed the matter with my lawyer to take the necessary legal actions.

“I don’t owe him a penny, but since the matter is now in court I will less talk about and leave it to the judiciary to decide whether I owe him or not,” he added.

John Paintsil currently resides in Ghana as a coach and TV pundit after having recently served as an assistant coach of South African side Kaizer Chiefs.