Kingston apologises

16 years ago

Ghana midfielder, Laryea Kingston was caught up in a tense moment as the Black Stars lost to Gabon on Saturday and his frustrations made him react furiously to his substitution.

Kingston, still wondering what might have happened while sitting on the bench soon realized he had got it wrong.

The Black Stars player has apologised to everyone connected to the Ghana team for his off field reaction after he was taken off in the second half of the 2-0 defeat to Gabon last Saturday in Libreville in the Group 5 qualifier for the 2010 African Nations Cup and World Cup.

"I apologise to the good people of this country (Ghana), the FA, technical team and my colleagues for overreacting when I was substituted.

“I didn’t intend to disrespect anybody. I was just frustrated at the result and our inability to dominate the game,” Kingston said in a statement.

"We are all very sad about what happened, even though we tried to make it work."

Kingston, one of Ghana’s leading scorers in the qualifiers, with two goals to his credit says, he would resist the temptation to repeat such an action again as he calls for support from the fans.

“Let’s put the defeat behind us.

"I hope the fans will stick by us for the rest of the qualifiers and rally behind us on Sunday to make things work.

“I promise it (incident) would never happen again.”

Ghana struggled in the qualifiers on Saturday and even though the defeat ended the two-game winning run, Kingston is hopeful the Black Stars would return to winning ways again beginning this Sunday when they host Gabon in the reverse fixture.

“Myself and the rest of the team are keen to win and restore some joy among the fans as we try to reach another World Cup finals.”

Ghana would host Gabon on Sunday at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra in the return clash to end the busy match schedule of June.