Former Ghana defender, John Paintsil has disclosed the reason he was scoring own goals at Fulham.

Paintsil unfortunately scored four own goals during his stint with the London based club.

He joined the club on July 2008 under the auspices of Roy Hodgson.

But according to him, he lost his self-belief when Roy Hodgson who brought him to the club was sacked for Mark Hughes in 2010.

“When I joined Fulham in 2008 I was supposed to seal a four-year permanent deal with them but unfortunately for me, Roy Hodgson who brought me to the club left immediately after the 2010 world cup and I had to lift up my game to catch the eye and attention of the new manager Mark Hughes,” the former Hapoel Tel Aviv defender told Kasapa FM.

“I remember my first day at training after world cup I confronted Mark Hughes about my contract and to find out whether he has plans for me but he told me to give him two weeks to make a decision many days and months past but he was still procrastinating and this was causing me a severe despondency and dejection.

“In fact, I lost my mental strength and I began to score own goals in one of those moments. I scored four own goals in a month and this is unusual of me and this even got me thinking about retiring from the game. I believe retired prematurely from football because of what I experienced at Fulham under Mark Hughes,” he added.

He was released by Fulham in June 2011.
On 21 July 2011, Paintsil joined Leicester City on a free transfer.