I could have handled things better- Laryea Kingston apologises

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Laryea Kingston has apologised to Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kurt Okraku and the Executive Council following his sudden resignation as coach of the Ghana U17 team.

The team had started the WAFU B tournament on a promising note, defeating Ivory Coast 5-1 and securing a 2-0 victory over Benin, before losing to Burkina Faso in the semi-finals.

The former Black Stars midfielder announced his resignation after the semi-final defeat, which was shocking given the team still had a third-place match to play.

The GFA acknowledged his resignation but pointed out the ‘awkward behavior’ of the coach.

Addressing the situation in statement released on Tuesday May 28, 2024 Laryea said, “To the President and the Exco, I also want to unreservedly and sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding, inconvenience, and embarrassment my decision to announce resignation last Saturday caused.”

He admitted that, “After careful consideration, I could have handled things better and this will be guiding experience for me going forward.” 

He however continued to express his support for the team as they go toe-to-toe with Nigeria in a battle for the bronze medal on Tuesday at the Legon Stadium.

“I love my nation, I served my nation as a player, and I have been serving my nation as a coach.

I cherish the opportunity given me by the GFA and the support of Ghanaians from all walks of life, my technical teammates, and the talented players that I work with.
We look forward to finishing the tournament in the strongest way by beating our rivals, Nigeria to win bronze.

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The Black Starlets will be under the charge of Nana Agyemang the assistant coach who has vowed to bounce the team back to success.

“It’s extremely important. I mean it’s my first national assignment. At first, being the assistant to Laryea Kingston and now taking the reins for this last game I think it’s very very important. For me, it really defines my coaching career and I am going to do everything possible to win this to put smiles back on the faces of Ghanaians and also to be able to uplift my own self as a coach.”

The game against Nigeria kicks off at 4 pm local time.


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