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JE Sarpong backs Kingston to get Black Stars recall

Published on: 19 November 2012

By Patrick Akoto

Veteran trainer JE Sarpong has backed calls for the immediate recall of Laryea Kingston into the Black Stars ahead of the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

The 32-year-old was the star of the show as he turned in an exciting performance for Hearts in their Super Clash against rivals Asante Kotoko on Sunday.

The impressive performance of the former Vitesse and Heart of Midlothian man at the Baba Yara stadium has sparked talk of his return to the international stage and the veteran trainer believes it’s long overdue.

“We have to face fact and accept that Kingston deserves to be in the Black Stars,” Sarpong told Accra-based Happy FM

“There is no time for experimentation at the Nations Cup. We need experienced players like Laryea to help us realize our dream.

“There are players who are warming benches and yet get call-up into the team. Laryea has been there before and so the terrain will not be new for him.

“I don’t see why a player of his caliber and the kind of performances that he put up last season and what he did against Kotoko shouldn’t earn him a call-up.

“I simply do not see it.”

Kingston has not been involved with the Ghana national since he was dropped from the final 2010 World Cup squad.

But he has never hidden his desire to play for the West African giants once again.


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  • Rasheed says:
    November 19, 2012 09:07 pm
    You are very good Oti Asirfi,but you don't realise how hungry Sarpong is.The old man has to lick a player's boot to get something. Asamoah is tired of him.
  • agyei says:
    November 19, 2012 09:11 pm
    Bench Derek Boateng!
  • agyei says:
    November 19, 2012 09:17 pm
    Saba, I always agree with you but u paa, what are u saying? Is it necessary for everyone play 90 mins? What kinda analytical thinking is that? What will u prefer.....: to play 90 mins and play nothing .."trokaa".....than to play 15mins and change a game? Ghanaians, our lack of analytical ability and inability to take calculated risks has and will always be our bane! Twiaaa! We will never win a trophy in the next 30 yrs again...until we learn from our silly errors! The talk about winning the AFCON is a joke....and even qualifying for the world cup might be in long as AA stays in charge! Just call consistent, in-form players! If people like Ben Acheampong and Lee Addy get call ups, why not give Laryea a call and let's see what he can do? Our lack of insight beats me! I will prefer a 20mins magic from Laryea to seal a game...than a 90min from Kwadwo Asamoah without anything! Word to the wise!
  • Sergeant says:
    November 19, 2012 07:29 pm
    Derek & Inkoom are the reasons why we have lost twice to Zambia.AA will be digging his grave if he dares start any of them.
  • dread says:
    November 19, 2012 03:49 pm
    Thank you Selfmade.Sarpong is a useless Accra Academy coach.He hasn't achieved anything yet he is running his mouth.But seriously i think AA should bench Derek Boateng for Quincy.Derek is always passing the ball to either a defender or the goalkeeper.Faulty passes all the time why Derek?
  • selfmade says:
    November 19, 2012 02:33 pm
    Instead of this sarpong of a guy finding some team to coach,he is here running his mouth!!! Go and find some team to coach after all u haven't achieved anything in your coaching career!!! N this shows that u are not a good coach!! Viva the revolutioncioooo!!!
  • dadaba gonshots says:
    November 19, 2012 02:12 pm
    @All those making Laryea a stamina suspect: then lets use him for 45mins. Seriously I think he merits a place in the BS. I am not a fun of his off-field antics but lets give it to him he can really control the midfield. I would prefer him to Emm Agyeman Badu, after all they are all of the same age!
  • access says:
    November 19, 2012 12:49 pm
    I agree with Saba hundred percent
  • Dr Who says:
    November 19, 2012 12:57 pm
    Laryea and coach Sarpong are of the same age! He lacked stamina and much prove himself first with the CHAN squad.The BS is not an association for old age....
  • KWAME PITO says:
    November 19, 2012 12:28 pm
    Some of you make blind suggestions. Look at the calibre of players and potential players for the blackstars now and ask yourself if Laryea Kingston is a blackstar material. Even Albert Adomah, Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah, Duncan who are seriously gunning for first team selection in the Blackstar are made to sit on the bench that is if they are lucky to make the 20 man list and you are here talking Laryea kingston.
  • Thegreatest says:
    November 19, 2012 12:30 pm
    What did he do testerday. He played only 45 minutes. He was no where in the 2nd 45 minutes. No stamina and discipline, No Black Star call
  • david agbemavor a ghanian leave in lagos says:
    November 19, 2012 12:09 pm
    good talk my man, but let me tell u something, right now we need him and essien in the team
  • Titus says:
    November 19, 2012 12:23 pm
    I think laryea did well but he needs to do more inorder for him to warrant a place in the national team.
  • Papadinho says:
    November 19, 2012 11:01 am
    we don't need him, my man better retire cause the black stars is not for players who are almost done. So who do u thuink they shoul bench for u? Andre, kwadwo asamoah, badu, atsu? your daamn ratten teeth. go and find a place and sleep bwoy
  • pay as you go says:
    November 19, 2012 11:00 am
    well said but is he going to pay to get a recall into the blacks stars team that is that question because looking @ the wings of our senior national team i think Laryea and Quincy has been the best we have ever had but now where are they and why are they not been calling into the natioanal team
  • real sabacious says:
    November 19, 2012 10:52 am
    Everybody is callig for laryea but i doubt if he merit a place in the stars due to his 90mins against kotoko.i'll always say this again and again!current i dont see any player in the local league who merit a place in the stars with the exception of keepers.the standard of our league is very low,no wonder for the past 4-5 yrs.the league top scorer and most value player have not been success for teams in the lower divisions in clottey,kweku essien and the rest.anyway i'm still waiting for Akwasi Appiah to come out and explain to ghanaians why up to date he hasn't giving a call to inform abeyie?
  • nana says:
    November 19, 2012 10:36 am
    It's a brilliant suggestion from Coach Sarpong,I'm surprised pple are routing for foreign based players who play in leagues we cannot even moniter and assess their performance.Here is a material right under our noses,we see him week in,week out churn out great performances foe the Phobians and yet make calls foe pple like Quincy and Derrick to be called into the Afcon squad.We have a great youthful team,yes,but it needs to be laced with maturity and experience.Who amongst our current squad brings that experience?.....a word to a wise......
  • theprince says:
    November 19, 2012 10:41 am
    laryeas atitude in da black stars when giving da chance is exceptional he has da spirit to play, even if things are not going on well in his club football.Is time we call our best and experience players bcos we need this cup badly.
  • tesla addo says:
    November 19, 2012 10:12 am
    What you people are saying was the same statement that was made before the Italia 90 about Roger Milla's inclusion to the Camerounean squad. The rest is now history. Listen to experienced and seasoned coaches, they 've seen it all.
  • ultimate says:
    November 19, 2012 10:15 am
    he did well bt de question is who 2 bench 4him 2 play,je sarpong come again
  • KojoLee says:
    November 19, 2012 09:14 am
    Well, said brother. Lion King is good player but who should sit for him?
  • Kwaku Tee says:
    November 19, 2012 08:11 am
    Well said Oti-Asirifi Laryea needs to do more to merit an invitation into the senior national team,he's stamina suspect and has to manage his ego very well.
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 19, 2012 08:42 am
    He cannot displace anyone currently in eh coaches plans so, NO!
  • Justice Twumasi says:
    November 19, 2012 09:14 am
    Listen, Layea Kingston is a traditional black star Play if you don't know, he will perform better any any black Star assignment than his normal club duties i am telling you. call Kingston to play in a black Star debut he will perform to your expectation. this is not about improvement or what ever but his psycho of black stars or lets say his mental attitude on black Stars is different which gives him the Vigor to perform.
  • oti-asirifi says:
    November 19, 2012 07:45 am
    In soccer, one has to perform at a consistently higher level than others to command national team play. That's the mark of a true professional. Mr. J.E. Sarpong, soccer is no fanciful rehearsals, only performances. Yes, Laryea has the experience but those experiences cannot and do not constitute privileges to merit a national team call up. Laryea played better in the Kotoko game; no two ways about that, but his performance cannot signal the inferiority of the performance of those who are playing. Agyemang Badu, Derrick Boateng, Kojo Asamoah, Anthony Annan, Sulley Muntari, Mubarak Wakasu, Dede Ayew, Christian Atsu, Nii Adjei, Afriyie Acquah ..please Mr. J.E. Sarpong, tell me who among these players should sit down for Laryea to play?