Ghanaian football has had some pretty interesting highlights in its football history. Still, no event has left quite the mark like this one roughly 13 years ago surrounding the move abroad for former Ghanaian football professional, Laryea Kingston.
For those who don’t know or are still new to football news, the player played ring winger and attacking midfielder for a few professional Ghanaian soccer teams. These include clubs like Lokomotiv Moscow, the Hearts of Oaks, Heart of Midlothian, to name a few many years ago.
But in the years leading up to his growing career, the footballer had begun to express an over time interest in wanting to move to England to further his career. In addition to this, during the 2008 January transfer window, Laryea was also associated with a move that kept him away from Tynecastle.
It’s clear to see that the footballer had been throwing hints around in considering any professional opportunity that would help him reach his goals and live the dream he’s always envisioned for himself.
According to reports, football teams, Portsmouth and Bolton began taking an interest in wanting to work with the player. After hearing this, the winger expressed how much of a desire it was to move to the south side of the border. This was after admitting how much of a big fan he was of the teams.
But with a dime like this on the team, it’s no wonder to find that the team he had been playing for at the time, did show signs of not wanting to let the player go. This led the Phonians to have to persuade the winger to leave the club to pursue a professional football career abroad.
But it seems this struggle didn’t sit quite well with the football player and his family. The mother ended up taking the task upon herself to ensure that the club got the message to let her son go and not make the process harder than it already was.
This was not the first time Hearts of Oak had suddenly become an enemy of the player’s progress. Those who knew had previously expressed concern about how the club’s management became reluctant to sell him abroad.
Reasons why the team was reluctant to let him go weren’t clear. But rumour had it that the club may have been waiting to make a bargain of the player. This was after getting offers from the Israeli side, Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.
According to witnesses and reports, Kingston’s mother stormed in at the club’s quarters, causing quite the scene. She then insisted that the club allow her son to leave the club should Kingston find greener pastures elsewhere.
Not only did she offer a warning to the club’s management, but she also went a step further in threatening to strip herself naked if this continued after being upset over knowing how much the footballer was making from playing at the club.
According to an interview between Charles Taylor and Angel TV, the response they got was that Hearts of Oak were reluctant to sell Laryea Kingston when he received an offer to move abroad. His mother actually came along to the secretariat in order to warn the management. She even threatened to go naked, because she knew how much he was making at the club.
We guess the trip paid off because it was reported that after the incident, the player eventually ended his contract with the Hearts and later moved abroad to further his career.
Less than a year from the incident, the player was said to finally have found an even greater opportunity to what he had with the Heart of Oak. Evidence shows that he managed to sign with another Israeli team, Hapoel Tel Aviv. From this point, the player spent two years of that time building his career and enjoying relative success.
The football star was noted and marked for his remarkable skills in showboating and incisive crossing that he would perform during matches. These would add value and technique to several game successes.
Today, the professional footballer has a contracted club deal with Football Club Nordsjaelland. He now has a club job as a coach for the under 19 team with a full-time club contract.
Not all football scandals have to do with gambling addictions or adulterous relationships. Sometimes the industry may find some interesting moments with mothers feeling the need to step in and make some threats just to better their own kids’ success.
Either way, it seems it’s true when they say that mothers always know best because Laryea Kingston has certainly created a legacy of her own through choosing to move abroad.
By: Okechukwu Chukwuebuka