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Kingston: Former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper rejoins Ghana technical workforce

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The 43-year-old is back to take on the role he lost in 2019 after the Black Stars’ poor Afcon campaign

Former Ghanaian goalkeeping coach Richard Kingston has been reappointed to take on the role he lost in 2019.

He replaces Najawu Issah, the man who replaced him two years ago and who has now been assigned to the Ghanaian hometown club Black Stars.

Birmingham City’s ex-shot stopper was first put on the position in 2017.

“The Ghanaian Football Association has appointed former national player Richard Kingston as the goalkeeping coach of the Black Stars,” announced the GFA on its official website.

“The 43-year-old replaces Najawu Issah, who was assigned to the Black Stars B.

“He [Kingston] It is expected that he will bring his wealth of experience to the upcoming international competitions. “

Kingston, who played for Ghana between 1996 and 2012, completed a coaching role in 2017 after a stint with the local Great Olympics team.

In his first technical outing and as head of the Ghanaian goalkeeping department, Kwasi Appiah’s Black Stars squad showed a disappointing performance at the finals of the Africa Cup in Egypt in 2019 and did not reach the quarter-finals of the competition to Tunisia after a defeat in the round of 16.

It was the first time since 2006 that the West Africans failed to make the last eight.

After the disappointing performance, GFA decided against extending Appiah’s expiring contract and disbanded the entire Black Stars technical team.

“I’m always grateful to have served the national team as goalkeeping coach, but what hurt me was the way my job ended,” Kingston said last year.

“I received a WhatsApp message from GFA on a Monday to provide my résumé and credentials. I did that and never heard from the GFA again.

“The next thing I heard was that the technical teams of the national teams had been disbanded. It shouldn’t work that way. It really hurt me.”

His first assignment with the Black Stars, now led by coach CK Akonnor, will be to beat Ethiopia and South Africa when World Cup qualifiers open in September 2022.


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