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Former Ghana star Laryea Kingston reveals crowning moments in his career

Former Ghana International Laryea Kingston is happy to have fulfilled his dream as a footballer.

The ex-Black Stars player made a name for himself having represented Ghana at all level.

Kingston wore the National colors from juvenile level through to the senior level.

Despite failing to play at the World Cup, the former Hearts of Oak star featured at two Cup of Nations, thus in 2006 and 2008, winning bronze with the Black Stars at the latter competition.

He reveals some of the crowning moments in his career.

“For me, everything [I achieved] was a high moment because every step up was an achievement. Starting from my youth days at colts level [in Ghana] when I was voted the Player of the Tournament at the Milo Games,” the 39-year-old spoke to Goal.

“I had a call-up to the first national U15 team and when I got there, I was one of the key players. For me, every step in my career was very huge for me.

“Just like I say every game and every goal was very important for me because it may have helped the team to win or put a smile on the faces of the fans. Generally, I would say I fulfilled my dreams as a footballer.

“Every team that I played in, I was always one of the fans’ favourite.”

“I was born into a football family, my dad played for Great Olympics, Hearts of Oak and the Ghana national team,” said ‘Bro. Laryea’.

“My aim was to become a professional footballer and the focus was on how to develop my skills. I put in 110 per cent in everything I did and I really achieved whatever I wanted to achieve in football apart from [mainly] not being able to play at the World Cup.

“My aim was also to play in the Ghana Premier League and from playing colts football, I jumped to the lower divisions and moved straight to the Premier League where I joined Great Olympics and moved to Hearts of Oak.

“My other ambition was to play for the senior national team. Even at the national level, I played for the U15, U17, U20, the Olympic Team and the senior team. I fulfilled my dream in playing in some European countries as well. I’m really happy by whatever I achieved in football.”

“I would describe myself as a contributor, someone that gives everything on the pitch and inspired up-and-coming players,” he remarked.

The 39-year-old controversially missed out on both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups having played a crucial role in Ghana’s qualification to the tournament.

 

 

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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