Former Ghana star Laryea Kingston hails qualities of Gent utility defender Nana Asare

Published on: 17 February 2016
Former Ghana star Laryea Kingston hails qualities of Gent utility defender Nana Asare
Nana Asare celebrating a goal with Gent team-mate during a Champions League game against Valencia

Former Ghana international Laryea Kingston has praised Gent utility defender Nana Akwasi Asare for his qualities.

The 29-year-old Kumasi-born wing-half has knotted his side's success in domestic and European competitions and steered them to the round of 16 stage of the Uefa Champions League while gunning to retain their Belgian title.

Laryea, 35, and retired, has recounted his experiences with the former West African Football Academy graduate during national team and club meetings.

"I remember I played with him in the national team and I told after the game I told him he is a great talent," he said on Accra-based television station TV3.

The defender, who has vast experience playing in Belgium, has not been considered for Ghana national team call-up despite impressing at club level.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck - the Gent manager has said Belgium have been considering naturalising the versatile lateral defender.

Though Asare has represented Ghana at senior level, all his appearances were unofficial games and he can still switch to play for the European giants.

Asare, capped five times by Ghana at senior level, has capped clubs including FC Utrecht, KV Mechelen and now deputy captain at KAA Gent.

"When I signed for Vitesse Arnhem he was at Utrecht and they were using him as a playmaker in their team. He is a great player," he added.

Kingston signed for Vitesse in 2010 but managed to make just seven league appearances in the Eredivisie.

By El Akyereko

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