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How Dual Citizenship Almost Cost me Black Stars Spot – Richard Kingson

Richard Kingson, a former goalkeeper for the Black Stars of Ghana has revealed how his dual citizenship almost cost him his place with the national team.

Kingson was Ghana’s number 1 until he had to be replaced by his team mate, Sammy Adjei, in the team.

He was eventually able to return to the position during the 2006 Cup of Nations in Egypt, after which he went on to hold the position in the 2006 world cup.

“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.

“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 who also had club stints with Birmingham, made 90 appearances for the national side, scoring one goal. He had his younger sibling, Laryea Kingston in the national team right about the same time when he represented for the country. Laryea on the other hand was playing an attacking midfielder position.

He is currently a member of the Ghana National Team technical bench alongside former team mates like Stephen Appiah aka the Tornado and a few others.

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