Laryea Kingston: I’m ready to assist C.K Akonnor

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Laryea Kingston
Laryea Kingston

A former Black Stars player, Laryea Kingston, says he will welcome a move to be part of Charles Kwablan Akonnor’s technical team when approached to do so, saying it is an opportunity he cannot turn down.

However, the young coach says his commitment to Right to Dream Academy, where he is a coach, can only allow him to work with the national coach on part-time basis when preparing for matches and not during tournaments which would take him away from his permanent job for weeks.

Kingston said an opportunity to work under Akonnor would help him to develop as a coach towards future endeavours with the senior national team which the former midfielder had never hidden.

The Graphic Sports understands there have been approaches to get Kingston, who holds a CAF License B certificate and is working on a UEFA License B badge, to join Akonnor's backroom staff but he says the Black Stars head coach, Akonnor, must decide on what role he would like him to play in his team.

“It will be a dream come true to play a part in the national team with the Black Stars and I will accept a role when offered the chance by the coach,” Kingston told the Graphic Sports.

“Like I always say, I have a dream of coaching the Black Stars in the future, and playing a role in the team’s set up now will help build my capacity for the future.”

Kingston was capped 41 times at the international level and scored six times in the process during his playing days with the Black Stars.

In recent years, he has been busy developing young talents at the Akosombo-based Right to Dream Academy, and had a stint with the Under-19 side of a Danish club, Nordsjaelland, and worked with his compatriot, Mas-Ud Dramani, who is in charge of the team's U-19 team.

Meanwhile, Akonnor and the Black Stars are preparing for the upcoming 2021 African Cup of Nations double header qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe later this month.