Laryea Kingston’s exclusion from the team prior to the 2010 World Cup, according to former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah, caused chaos in the Black Stars’ camp.
Laryea Kingston was hoping to make the Black Stars squad for the World Cup in South Africa after missing out in 2006 due to suspension.
Milovan Rajevac once again left him off the roster for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, despite the fact that he was a part of a provisional team that camped in France prior to the competition.
The team’s skipper at the time, Stephen Appiah, has admitted that the winger’s axing caused a terrible atmosphere in camp.
Given that he was instrumental in the qualifiers, many of the players, in his account, anticipated that Laryea would be named to Ghana’s World Cup roster.
“In France 2010 when Laryea Kingston was dropped, it was very difficult because when we talk about the World Cup, Laryea Kingston was one of the players who made it possible for Ghana. In 2006 he couldn’t get a chance to go to Germany,” Appiah said.
“In 2010 we camped in France and he was dropped, it was bad to see Laryea Kingston that evening. It was difficult because you don’t know what was going through his head that night because he did everything possible for the team to qualify.
“I went to his room with Richard Kingson his brother and it was terrible. I went to sleep thinking of Laryea Kingston, it was bad, very bad.”
Between 2002 and 2010, Laryea was a dependable member of the Black Stars, making 41 appearances and tallying six goals.