Black Stars: I was left broken and disappointed after 2010 World Cup exclusion – Laryea Kingston


Former Ghana international, Laryea Kingston has revealed he was left broken into pieces after he was dropped from Black Stars squad for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

The former Hearts of Oak midfielder was one of the biggest names in the national team and was instrumental in the country securing a second consecutive World Cup spot.

Four years earlier, Kingston had missed Ghana’s maiden appearance at the World Cup in Germany due to suspension for an altercation with Senegal’s defender Habib Beye in a group encounter at the Nations Cup.

He may have accepted the reasons for being omitted from Ghana’s squad at the 2006 tournament due to a suspension he carried over from the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt months earlier.

However, Kingston, who believed he was in the best of shape to make his debut at the biggest stage of his career, is yet to come to terms with Coach Rajevac’s decision to leave him out of the Black Stars team to the 2010 World Cup and he says the Serbian owes him an explanation for omitting him.

“I was very disappointed in the decision to take me out of the team for the 2010 World Cup, but I had no one to provide me with some answers,” Kingston told the Daily Graphic in an interview.

“It broke me into pieces because I had done everything possible and I was in good shape to play for the Black Stars, so I was surprised at the coach’s decision to omit me from the squad.

“What can you do when a coach says you are not in his plans? It was one of the saddest moments of my career, but I had to deal with it.

“We held a meeting to discuss the final list for the tournament and all Coach Milovan Rajevac told me was that I was not in his plans.

“I felt he owed me an explanation because with our squad at the time, I didn’t see the reason why I should not make it to the World Cup,” he added.


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