Soccer News of Friday, 11 October 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
In a firm show of support, Black Stars Coach Kwasi Appiah has urged Ghanaians to rally behind goalie Richard “Olele” Kingson as the team prepares for the World Cup play-off first leg against Egypt on Tuesday.
Coach Appiah recalled the experienced goalkeeper in the wake of current regular Fatau Dauda’s jittery performance against Zambia in Ghana’s final qualifying match during the group series.
But Kingson, 35, has since endured public criticism, much of it focusing on his person and age rather than his performance.
But Coach Appiah has given him his full backing, the clearest indication of official support since the controversy started.
In a short interview with the press after the team’s last training session in Accra last Wednesday, Coach Appiah said: “I think we all need to support whoever has been selected, as to whether someone is old or not doesn’t help to build his confidence because he is here to help the nation.
“I met him today and his confidence doesn’t look affected, and from the training he is doing well,” Appiah confirmed.
Kingson was without a club for two years before signing for Cypriot club, Doxa Katokopias, in July this year.
During his clubless days, he lost his place in the national team.
In the aftermath of his recall, the veteran of two World Cups in Germany (2006) and South Africa (2010) has been the subject of vilification for what has been unrelated to his form and performance.
In recent interviews, an emotional Kingson said; “I leave it to God,” as he recalled his outstanding displays and loyalty to the Black Stars, spanning 17 years since he made his international debut in an international friendly against Brazil in Sao Paulo just months ahead of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Although the coach has two other options in the frame of Dauda and Adam Kwarasey to choose from, the show of support appears to hint at Kingson’s recapture of the No. 1 shirt against Egypt on Tuesday.