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EXCLUSIVE: Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson seals switch to join Turkish side Balikesirspor

Published on: 09 January 2014
Kingson sealed deal with Balikesirspor and posed for pictures with club officials.

Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has completed his move to Turkish second tier side Balikesirspor after an initial setback in the deal, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 35-year-old, who earlier in the day cancelled his contract with Cyrpiot side Doxa Katokopia, sealed the deal on Thursday evening after passing a medical, Ghana's leading football news outfit can reveal.

Kingson signed a six month contract Balikesirspor and will earn $45,000 per month, GHANAsoccernet.com understands.

"Seven years since I left my country Turkey, I am very very happy to be back here where I can call home," said Kingson who is well known in Turkey by the local name Farouk Gursoy.

The deal will be extended when it expires at the end of the season if he impresses at the club.

The move was shrouded in some controversy after his previous club Doxa refused to release him at the weekend to seal the deal.

He cancelled the contract with the Cypriot club on Thursday morning paving the way for him to sign with the Turkish side.

The move to Turkey will help Kingson realize his dream of staying in the limelight to ensure his selection into the Black Stars for the 2014 World Cup.

Kingson previously played for Galatasaray, Sakaryaspor, Goztepe, Antalyaspor, Ankaraspor and Elaspor so he will have no difficulty in settling down.

Do you think Kingson is right to leave Cyprus top-flight to play in the Turkish second division? Is the move a promotion or demotion? Do you think the move can boost his chances of playing for Ghana at the World Cup in June? Make your views known in the box below

Comments

  • Robb says:
    January 09, 2014 05:12 pm
    ONE OF THE BEST GOALKEEPER 2010 WC !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYTZ0qjQu_w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYTZ0qjQu_w
  • Kudo says:
    January 09, 2014 05:28 pm
    I don't understand ghanasoccernet of their false news.
  • sam va says:
    January 09, 2014 06:19 pm
    Personally I think he should be part of our goalkeepiers to the world cup. In goalkeeping experience count a lot so I wouldn't be surprised if he is indeed invited by the coach
  • Awudu says:
    January 09, 2014 07:00 pm
    Desperate kingson want to do whatever necessary to go to the world just to spoil the chances of rising goalkeeepers fatau and kwarassey what a greedy and selfish kingson...
  • banger says:
    January 09, 2014 07:01 pm
    AM SOO HAPPY FOR THIS GUY.ALL THIS HATIN ON HIM IS SOO BAD.HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY FOR YRS AND HE REALLY DESERVES SOME RESPECT.SEE WHAT GOD CAN DO.MEN CAN HATE ON THIS GUY ALL THEY WANT BUT GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY.IN THE WORLD CUP EXPERIENCE IS A PLUS.HE ISOLD BUT CAN STILL COMPETE FOR THE NUMBER ONEBSPOT
  • Ken says:
    January 09, 2014 07:13 pm
    Experienced goalkeeper that can help us a lot. Dauda and Kwarasey need a challenge from Kingson be better goalkeepers. Anyone who want to be the number one must prove it to the coaches.
  • FRANK THOMAS says:
    January 09, 2014 07:59 pm
    WITH THE BIAS TOWARDS FATAU DAUDA AGAINST THE INFORM KWARASEY I THINK KINGSON SHOULD JUST STEAL IT AFTER ALL HE IS GHANA'S SAFEST PAIR OF HAND ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE
  • OGYA says:
    January 09, 2014 09:28 pm
    We don't even give a lick of whatever he does but I believe he deserves to earn a living and that'a all. But no one should dare call him to the Black Stars because we do not need him at this time. We have youngsters who have sharper reflexes than him
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 10, 2014 01:47 am
    aaah, what part of this shows that he is greedy? should he not sign with a club that gives him a chance to play??? or should he not seek work to feed his family?? aaah, i really don't know how people like u think... i believe that he has past his prime for the world cup, but ur statements are totally uncalled for.
  • stephen says:
    January 10, 2014 02:57 am
    people are saying Richard Kingson is old goalkeeper .. but he i still keeping leave him alone..okay he is the best goalkeeper in Ghana some years back.. if he is old he can still keep get away from him you fools... if you want to fight with me than call me .. 0240886629 .. hoping he will be back in his form ... stay bless Richard Kingson .we always love..
  • harry says:
    January 10, 2014 05:09 am
    Lets be real.The man is old.He is 49yrs and very slow.Hearts of Oak won't even give him first choice goal keeping.