Laryea Kingston is part of the golden generation of midfielders who helped Ghana to qualify for their first ever FIFA World Cup™ finals appearance and who have restored to the country its status among the continent’s top teams. The 29-year-old has had a nomadic club career but shown much more consistency at national team level although faces a difficult task to regain his place for the 2010 FIFA World Cup after injury ruled him out of the recent CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola. Kingston went to the 2006 and 2008 Nations Cup tournament but a sending off, and subsequent four match ban received in Egypt in 2006, means he missed out on the FIFA World Cup in Germany.
It was a terrible setback for the midfielder, who does have an uncompromising streak but is also widely admitted for his work ethic. Kingston has played in two other FIFA tournaments, however, for Ghana, competing at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Egypt and then at the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Nigeria. He debuted in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the senior side and has gone on to win 37 caps, the last of them against Benin in October, by which time the Black Stars had made sure of their place at the 2010 finals in South Africa. Kingston’s club career has seen spells at Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel followed by three years in Russia with Krylia Sovetov Samara, Terek Grozny and Lokomotiv Moscow, and them a move to similarly cold climes in Scotland. Kingston has played at Hearts of Midlothian since 2006. He is the younger brother of goalkeeper Richard Kingson, although their surnames are spelt incorrectly. The 29-year-old Kingston’s spelling is incorrect but now official after a mistake by Ghana’s passport authorities.