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Laryea Pardoned After Rendering Apology

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Veteran midfielder, Laryea Kingston, is set to make a return to Accra Hearts of Oak, having been reprieved by the authorities in recognition of his apology letter asking to be pardoned for his excesses in camp during their pre-season training at Takoradi. An official letter from Hearts has accordingly been dispatched to the player in acceptance of his show of remorse, and according to the PRO of the club, Muheeb Saeed, Kingston was expected to resume training with the rest of the team yesterday.

He assured that the player’s name would be restored on the payroll but he would not receive payment for the two months that he was on suspension.

Laryea was bundled out of camp for flouting camping rules and he subsequently refused to apologise for his behaviour but made a U-turn last week when he walked to the Hearts Secretariat to hand over a letter pleading for clemency.

Upon realising the content of the letter did not touch on some significant issues, General Manager Ashford Tettey-Oku advised the player, who was serving an indefinite suspension, to go back and address those issues before it would be accepted.

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The former Hearts of Midlothian of Scotland player complied and later returned with the amended letter which stated inter-alia; “I respectfully write to apologise for the incident that happened at Takoradi during our pre-season. I hope the board, management and all supporters of our beloved club will forgive me. I promise it would not happen again.”

After he was pardoned, Laryea told the club’s website that he took the best decision in order to save his career. “I feel the best thing to do now is to forget the past, reconcile with my superiors and colleagues in order to put my football career back on track”.

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His pardon coincides with the dismissal of Coach C. K. Akonnor whose rules Laryea flouted, leading to his indefinite suspension. Though it is uncertain whether his return could revive the fortunes of the club, Kingston is expected to play a key role in the team which is struggling in the league.

Story: Peter Sarbah/Graphic Sports