“Negligence” – Kwesi Nyantakyi explains why Laryea Kingston missed 2006 World Cup
Former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi has explained why Laryea Kingston missed the 2006 World Cup.
He says it was because of the negligence of an official of the association that’s why the former Ghana winger missed the tournament in Germany.
Laryea was a key member of the group that secured Ghana’s first-ever qualification to the Mundial but did not play in the final tournament because of a red card he received for unsportsmanlike behaviour during a 2006 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) game against Senegal.
He was suspended for three games but served one against Zimbabwe.
It meant he would have missed the two opening group games but would he available for the final one and the round of 16, where Ghana exited.
But many thought that the technical team led by Ratomir Djokovic could have taken him to the tournament if the FA had appealed the ban.
“Unfortunately, Laryea Kingston was suspended due to the red card in Egypt during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON),” Nyantakyi told Joy News.
“We did, but it was filed out of time. Yes, it was filed out of time,” he said three times.
“It is quite unusual to file appeals out of time.
“Somebody’s negligence at the time,” he explained. “I remember Alex Asante [Deputy General Secretary of the GFA] brought me the sanction [letter] in my room in the hotel at Port Said.
“I was seated with OB Amoah [then Deputy Sports Minister], so I asked him to hand it to another official (name withheld) to handle.
“We moved on to concentrate on other things hoping that this thing would be done, and it was not done. By the time we all came back to look at it, it had not been done.
“Unfortunately, that’s how Laryea Kingston didn’t make it to the 2006 World Cup,” he stated.
“It was a very painful experience for us,” the former 1st Vice President of CAF described.
“The time for filing an appeal had elapsed and when the time for filing an appeal elapses there’s no other way you can even be heard unless you go for an extension of time within which to file the appeal but in football, we don’t do an extension of time to file an appeal.”