Laryea Kingston: Asamoah Gyan Hails Black Starlets Coach After Qualification To QAFCON Semis

Laryea Kingston: Asamoah Gyan Hails Black Starlets Coach After Qualification To QAFCON Semis

  • Ghana's Black Starlets have advanced to the semifinals of WAFU Zone B Under-17 Championship
  • Laryea Kingston's side scaled over Benin in their last group game at the University of Ghana stadium
  • Asamoah Gyan took to social media to hail his former colleague and expressed his admiration
  • spoke to sports analyst Lawrence Baidoo about Laryea Kingston's strides and the potential future of the Black Starlets under him

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Ghana's Black Starlets, led by former Black Stars player Laryea Kingston, are through to the semifinals of the WAFU Zone B U17 AFCON Qualifiers.

This comes after the team beat their Beninois counterpart at the University of Ghana Stadium in Accra on May 21.

The team won 2-0 over Benin, pushing them to become the leaders of Group A with six points.

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Former Black Stars players Laryea Kingston and Asamoah Gyan Photo Source: X/GhanaBlackStars, X/AsamoahGyan
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Asamoah Gyan celebrates Laryea Kingston

Ghana scored its first goal, an excellent loop ball from Mark Kagawa, in the 20th minute, setting the stadium ablaze.

Theophilus Ayamga delivered a beautiful carpet drive to give Ghana a comfortable lead two minutes after breaking the deadlock.

Before the game, the Black Starlets had secured a convincing 5-1 victory over their Benin counterparts.

This will be the Black Starlets' fifth win in a row since Laryea Kingston took over. The team has scored 19 goals and conceded only three.

The coach's performance impressed Asamoah Gyan, who took to social media to hail him.

I told this man he will be one of the best coaches in Ghana and beyond,the first time I saw his tactics. This is the beginning of greatness. It’s just a process. Keep going( MACHINE) . Asamoah Gyan shared on Twitter.

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In an exclusive conversation with sports analyst Lawrence Baidoo on Laryea Kingston's strengths as a coach and his potential future with the Black Starlets, he said,

I think he has built a good telepathy with the players. He has given them the confidence to enjoy themselves on the pitch -- don't be afraid to make mistakes but make sure you are learning from them. The good thing for him is that, he learnt at a very good place, Right to Dream/Nordsjaelland, so he knows what it means to be at this level. He knows who fits what role and it has worked for him so far. We will all agree that they didn't play with much conviction against Benin but there is a lot of optimism that their semifinal contest will be better.

Netizens react to the Black Starlet's win gathered a few comments from fans as they shared in the Black Starlets' victory.

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@iamdccore remarked:

Not every successful player can become a better coach buh it seemed Laryea Kingston had putting everybody wronged eii

@brahkhofi10 noted:

I hope you won’t come and criticize him one day if its doesn’t go well for him

@Gyasicoba wrote:

What the whole country has seen will let so called old coaches learned and feel the passion..he wants the players to explore and enjoy the game

@doreenfianko said:

You are so right. I like how he talks to the boys after every game. Even if they win and he is not satisfied with play he scolds them and tells them to up their game.

Laryea Kingston eyes Black Stars' job

Earlier, YEN.comgh reported that Laryea Kingston had expressed interest in becoming the Black Stars' coach after Chris Hughton's dismissal.

After months of review, the Ghana Football Association settled on having Dortmund coach staff Otto Addo lead the Black Stars.


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