Kingston, Others Invited

KingsonFormer first-choice shot-stopper for the Black Stars, Richard ‘Olele’ Kingson, could be fetching back his ‘rightful’ place in the senior national team.

This followed an ‘SOS’ call to him yesterday by the Stars’ chief trainer Kwesi Appiah, ahead of the nation’s earth-cracking Brazil 2014 World Cup play-off against Egypt in Kumasi on October 15.

Kingson, who is staging a return after a two-year absence, was part of a 25-member squad invited for the crunch tie.
Five other returnees pencilled for the Kumasi trip are Sulley Muntari, Jordan Ayew, Emmanuel Frimpong, Jerry Akaminko and David Addy.

Olympique Marseille’s young prodigy Jordan returns for the first time since missing the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa. Addy was last seen in national colours in a Cape Verde friendly last November. In the case of Frimpong, he returns after recovering from nagging knee injury that had kept him away from the Lesotho and Sudan World Cup qualifiers.

Milan’s retro-rocket, Muntari, stages a come-back after thrashing out his impasse with coach Appiah – following a recent away spat in the game against Lesotho.

The recall of Kingson may have been triggered off by the inconsistency of Fatau Dauda whose last performance against Zambia’s Chipolopolo, raised a lot eyebrows – albeit Ghana swaggered away with a 2-1 win.

Moments after that vintage Kumasi win, a number of fans started calling for the return of the 35-year-old veteran goalie who now plies his trade with Cyprus’ Doxa Katokopias.

Former Stars’ skipper Stephen Appiah as well as former national goalie Abubakar Damba all badgered on Coach Appiah for the return of Kingson.

In the heat of the ‘weighty’ demand, GFA Technical boss Francis Oti Akenteng, reactly tersely – saying Appiah will not be stampeded into recalling the former goalie of local side Accra Great Olympics.

Kingson, who has 90 international caps, was Ghana’s number one at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals but was unseated by Adam Kwarasey and lately Fatau Dauda.

The full list of players invited:
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Richard Kingson (Doxa Katokopias, Cyprus)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), David Addy (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth Germany), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

Midfielders: Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal, England) Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kevin Prince Boateng (Schalke, Germany), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway)  –  John Vigah





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