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The former goalkeeper has claimed players are wrongfully criticised in Ghana leading to their early retirement from the game.

Former Ghana goalkeeper Richard 'Olele' Kingson has revealed that constant criticisms from Ghanaians led to his early exit from the sport.

The 39-year-old made his debut with the Black Stars in 1996 as a teenager, hanging up his boots in 2015 after Great Olympics were relegated from the Ghana Premier League, before opting for a coaching course.

He is the current goalkeeping coach of the Black Stars following the return of Kwesi Appiah.

“It’s like they (Ghanaians) are now blaming themselves but I don’t blame them," Kingson told Starr FM.

“Sometimes, when we [the retired players] go and play in [fun games], some people come and say Richard you are still strong, you can still play for the national team but I say no, I’ve stopped.

“Ghanaians don’t look at your performance, they only consider where you come from, your age and that leads to retirement but age is just a number,” he added.

Kingson made 90 appearances and scored one goal for Ghana. He was part of the squad that qualified to the nation’s first Fifa World Cup tournament in 2006. He was also the first choice at the 2010 World Cup.

Source: Goal

Retired FIFA referee Joseph Wellington has expressed his disappointment at the performance of Dally Gabga in Sunday's Super between Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak.

The much anticipated clash was marred with controversy at the dying embers as referee Dally Gagba awarded Asante Kotoko a questionable penalty for the Porcupine Warriors to earn a point.

After putting up a gallant display despite all the odds, Asante Kotoko coach, Steve Pollack, had nothing but praise for his team.

The Porcupine Warriors fought from a goal down to share the spoils with their rivals who had the advantage of several match practice heading into the game.

Kotoko held their own in the tie and at points were unplayable much to the delight of the fans. Their second half was a delight and the British coach admits they could have had more after that showing.

“Well if you look at the both halves, maybe, first half they had it a little bit and second half before they scored we had it under control. One break and they scored and after they scored and after they scored we put the pressure on again,” Pollack said after the game.

“If you look at the chances first half, they had two, we had two and in the second half they had one, we had a penalty. Is it a penalty? It doesn’t matter, the referee has given a penalty so I can’t say it wasn’t or it was. I just want to say I’m proud of my players, the attitude they showed today especially in the second half.”

Coming on the back of a tragic accident, Pollack stated his players were always going to be affected by that in the opening half but praised the reaction in the aftermath.

“I knew the second half was going to take time after what happened, to get into the game and have a goal. I’m proud of them, the attitude, desire and passion to come back and get a point I am very happy and also I want to thank the supporters. They came out in their hundreds.”

Kotoko has another outstanding game against WAFA in Sogakope.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

A walk to the barber's shop for new Kayserispor recruit Asamoah Gyan turned emotional for the Ghana captain.
He met 11-year-old Hussein who works in the barbering shop.

Barbering talk soon developed between the two and later zoomed to the 11-year-old story of survival in war-torn Syria.

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