Former goalkeeper and current goalkeeping coach for the Ghanaian national team Richard Kingson has preached patience for fans who are wondering when Ghana will find its national long-term goalkeeper. Kingson last played for Ghana in 2011, and the team has cycled through disappointing replacements, such as Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda and Razak Braimah, since then. Kingson said in an interview with KweseESPN that he believes Ghana needs to give whoever is deemed the next goalkeeper the time to develop properly. “You see the desire for them to do something great for Ghana, but goalkeeping is a process and they need to go through that by making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. Through mistakes you can learn, through mistakes you become strong,” Kingson said.
As for Kingson’s new gig after serving as goalkeeper for Ghana’s representation in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, he says he is excited for the challenge. “I am always honest and happy to serve my country Ghana. It is a real honour. As a coach I am here to help the young ones to develop and the experienced ones to get their normal time. It gives me a lot of joy,” Kingson told KweseESPN. He does say that he is still getting used to being a coach, admitting that he has occasionally gone to players-only meetings when distracted, still thinking of himself as his past self in such a familiar atmosphere. Fortunately, he can share that experience with several other ex-players on the Ghana coaching staff, including former captain Stephen Appiah, Ibrahim Tanko and Maxwell Konadu. Even head coach Kwesi Appiah has playing experience, so fans hope that that experience can rub off on the younger members of the squad. Ghana’s next match is a 2017 Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia on Sunday.