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Kingson dropped from AFCON squad for being clubless

Published on: 15 December 2011

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic says Richard Kingson's omission from the Black Stars squad for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations is due to his inactiveness.

The veteran goalkeeper has been out of club football for almost a year and has eventually lost his number one position to Adam Kwarasey.

The 44-year-old Serb claims the former Blackpool net minder lacks the requisite match fitness to play at the finals.

Kingson recent blunders are thought to have denied him a place in the squad after five years of superlative displays for the four-time African champions.

He allowed in a cheap goal at the Baba Yara Stadium in the 2012 qualifiers against Congo in June this year and was blamed for conceding a late goal in a 2-1 defeat to South Korea.

But Stevanovic has come clean on why he overlooked an experienced player behind.

"Richard Kingson has been out for a long time from a competition," he said.

"He has been out for a long time and I cannot call a player who is out of a contract with club and maybe might not be training.

"I don't have a clear idea of his activeness and that is why I didn’t call him."

Kingson has played in four Africa Cup of Nations finals and was captain of the side which finished second at the last edition in Angola two years ago.

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