The eccentric news of Laryea Kingston’s return to the Ghana Premier League following his short stint in Holland was received with excitement by fans.

In a league where players who leave the shores of the country struggle to attempt a possible return, Kingston’s move is one of a few by stars of his quality.

For a player who knows the league very well, his resolve to bring back his experience to the league will only benefit the many youngsters around.

He comes in with a wealth of experience but this enigmatic character has had a history with discipline since he swapped the Blue side of the capital to wear the Rainbow colours in 2001.

His infamous goal celebration in 2003 when he pulled down his pants after scoring his first goal for Hearts of Oak attracted the then younger Kingston a 6-month ban from the GFA.

Kingston, now 31, is still abrasive as he stages a return to his last Ghanaian side, Accra Hearts of Oak.

And after a career that has taken him to Libya, Russia, Scotland, Israel and Holland, he’s already stoking the fires. He has promised to help the league rediscover some of its missing lustre and also help the Phobians to the title – a statement which will not sit down well with fans of rivals, Asante Kotoko.

But that is the character of a player who has twice missed Ghana’s World Cup final party. In 2006, Kingston, one of the in-form players missed the final 23-man squad due to a four-match suspension handed him even before the start of the campaign. His second absence in 2010 bordered purely on technical grounds and nothing else.

Some have been mulling for his inclusion in the national team but his return in the Ghana league will offer everyone a glimpse of Kingston’s quality.

He is expected to line up when the Glo Premier League resumes this weekend with the Phobians away at Heart of Lions in Kpando.

“I am having a great time already here. People think I have come to have fun but I am putting a lot of seriousness in the training and the games as well,” he told Radio XYZ.

Hearts might be trailing leaders Asante Kotoko by four points for now but Kingston feels they can overhaul their rivals.

“Four points is nothing so the League title is possible. I love Hearts of Oak and think I still have a lot left in me so I decided to help.”

Kingson is hoping to provide some spark to entice other players who have returned from spells abroad but are unwilling to play in the local league.

“I want to set a big example to some of the big names in Ghana football. Our League is dying and if all of us can come and help it will help the League.”

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Source: GFA


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