Ex-Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has said having both Turkish and Ghanaian passports nearly ended his career with the Black Stars.
The 42-year-old said his dual citizenship was the main reason why he lost he position in the national team to Sammy Adjei.
Explaining further, he said the issues started when he came down to play two qualifying games, but had to urgently depart to Turkey for other matters.
“I played the first game against Burkina Faso in Burkina and we lost 1-0. The following week we were to play South Africa in Kumasi. So we came down to Ghana and started training,” Kingson said on Max TV, as quoted by Citisportsonline.
“Immediately I had to go back to Turkey. So I took my passport and this is where people think I had naturalized for Turkey.
“I had to go back to Turkey and even though I had Turkish passport and ID card but my ticket bought by the GFA used Richard Kingston, so I couldn’t use the Turkish passport so I left my Turkish passport in Turkey and had to fly with the Ghana passport.”
The former Ghana international added: “I needed to take a visa so I gave my passport for a visa and my passport was with the Turkish consulate in Accra.
“We were thinking I would get the visa before the game but consulate also traveled so I didn’t have my passport for inspection a day before the game which meant I was out of the game.
“So I have to go back and I was furious and sad and left the camp with a Taxi all the way to Accra. So I watched game on TV and since then I was not called again so Sammy Adjei took over from there.”
Richard Kingson was capped 90 times by Ghana and was the Black Stars’ first-choice goalkeeper at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
Barcelona To Face Bayern Munich In Champions League Quarter-finals
Barcelona will play Bayern Munich in Champions League quarter-finals after both teams won their respective round of 16 games on Saturday night.
Barcelona beat Napoli 3-1 at home to book their place in the last eight 4-2 on aggregate. Barcelona were not at their best but inspired by their captain Messi, they overcame a spirited Napoli at Camp Nou.
For Bayern Munich, they produced a sensational performance to down Chelsea 4-1 at the Allianz Arena.
The German champions won the tie 7-1 on aggregate as they claimed a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge over five months ago.
The quarter-finals clash will be played next week Friday in Lisbon.
Man City Eliminates Real Madrid To Progress To The Quarter Finals Of This Year’s UCL
English football giant, Manchester City has eliminated Spanish giants, Real Madrid from this year’s UEFA Champions League.
Europe’s elite football competition bounced after the COVID-19 break. The return leagues of the remaining round of 16 matches are being played this weekend.
Man City showed their superiority once again in the second leg of their tie with Real Madrid by beating them once again.
The scoreline was 2-1 in favour of the Citizens as the qualified on a 4-2 aggregate score line. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus ensured the Citizens cruised to victory with ease.
French side PSG set to sign Ghana’s Dede Ayew
Ghana captain Andre Ayew has emerged as a subject of interest for French giants Paris Saint Germain.
The Swansea City top scorer could be returning to France after an impressive campaign with the Championship side.
Ayew netted 18 times in all competitions and provided seven assists as Swansea reached the semifinals of the playoffs.
PSG is yet to make an official bid for the former Marseille man, but it is believed PSG are preparing an offer of 5 million Euros for the Ghanaian attacker.
Last week, manager Steve Cooper admitted the player is better than the champions, revealing interest from clubs elsewhere.
“I understand Andre is a better player than the Championship. That’s a matter of fact and I am sure he will have offers to do that,” said Cooper.
The Welsh club is yet to sit with the Black Stars captain over his future.
Andre Ayew is interested in a move away from Swansea after the disappointing end for their quest to return to the English Premier League.
Ayew who has a year left on his Swansea contract rejoined the club in 2018 after a season with West Ham.
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