Laryea Kingson, a former midfielder for the Black Stars, believes that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has to improve relations with the former GFA players.
According to Laryea Kingson, he thinks that the proximity of national team icons serves as a source of inspiration for the majority of players.
Laryea Kingson uses the example of Senegal, who had the majority of their former players there when they won their first-ever AFCON trophy in Cameroon in 2021.
“Yes, It’s very necessary. You know when former players, when the current players see them around the team like Senegal did in the Nations Cup in Cameroon, you can see El Hadji Diouf, Khalilou Fadiga and all those people around the team, it’s a motivation to the young ones,” Kingston said
“Not only them going there (World Cup), you attach ex-players that can add value to the squad in terms of former players that are into coaching. They can do opponent scouting and bring feedback to the team. I think it works a lot.”
“Now modern football, opponent analysis is very important. If you can pick two former players that are capable to scout opposing teams and bring the feedback to the team, I think it’s a plus to the team,” he added.
“Before you go and meet the opponent, you know everything about the opponent. You have a clear idea, the plan to tackle the opponent so I think it’s very important that they associate most of the former players not just former players but players that can bring value to help the team function.”