Former Ghana International John Paintsil has finally confirmed a take-over of Wa All Stars, previously owned and bankrolled by former Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Paintsil makes this move after months of negotiations and agreements on modalities for the take-over.

In a statement, John Paintsil described recent rumours of the club pulling out of the Normalization Committee’s (NC) Special Competition as false.

The Special Competition which saw some initial hitches due to lack of agreement between clubs and the NC has been launched. This will have a unique format with the participation of both first and second-tier clubs in Ghana

“We wish to inform the general public that the said publication is false and should be treated as such,” the statement said.

According to the former Fulham star, the unfortunate ban from FIFA for the former Ghana FA President, barring him from all football-related activities informed the transfer of shares in the Wa-based side. Mr Nyantakyi has proceeded to seed all interest in the club to Paintsil and his partners, while all legal procedures are being followed to complete the ownership switch.

“We will, in the course of time, outline the measures we will implement to ensure that the club becomes not only the best in Ghana but Africa,” the statement further said.

From hence, all matters related to Wa All Stars will be directed to the former Black Stars defender, who has also expressed gratitude to Mr Nyantakyi for developing the club thus far.

John Paintsil currently owns and coaches Jeoju FC, a third-tier side, based in Accra, Ghana. His exploits back at home come after a stint as Assistant Coach of South African Premier League giants Kaiser Chiefs. Paintsil is one of the best-capped players of Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars having appeared 89 times for Ghana, during this period he played at two FIFA World Cups and the Africa Cup of Nations.