Sunday, 19 November 2017

I became suicidal after missing 2010 World Cup- Kingston

By Daniel ODURO
Ex-Ghana international, Laryea Kingston, for the first time has revealed the serious

Psychological trauma he went through after being Ghana’s axed from Ghana’s squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Kingston who played for the Black Stars between 2002 and 2010, is one of the few exceptional Ghana players who failed to make an appearance at the FIFA World Cup.
Kingston’s story is the more painful because missing the World Cup on two consecutive occasions was a combination of factors, one being sheer bad luck.
Laryeawas one of Ghana's influential players during the qualifying games for the 2006 World Cup in Germany but he failed to earn a place in the team for the finals after picking up a red card in the Africa Cup of Nations in that same year, and the suspension extended to the World Cup, forcing then coachRatomirDujković to drop the mercurial midfielder much to the chagrin of many Ghanaians at the time.
Kingston shook off the disappointment of missing out on the 2006 edition of the World Cup and worked his socks off to be a part of the 2010 squad but once again he missed out on the 2010 edition in South Africa after he was excluded from the final squad by CoachMilovanRajevac.
Speaking on the Football Legends Night on GHONE TV last Friday, the 37-year-old recalled the emotional trauma he went through after missing out on his dream of lining up at the global football showpiece.
“It’s a feeling I wouldn’t like any football to go through especially when you played a vital role in the qualifying process."
“I was very much in pain after missing the two World Cup’s especially the 2010 World Cup because I wasn’t expecting to be drop from the squad, so at point my wife had to follow me everywhere during the World Cup till it came to end for fears of my harming myself. She was afraid I was going to do something to myself. It was very serious and I feel pain talking about it every time."
Laryea is now a retired footballer, but has finished his License A coaching course and is hoping he can work his way up to coach one of the national teams.

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