Former Ghana international Kingston dreams of leading the Black Stars to a Fifa World Cup

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The ex-Ghana star talks about his hopes of leaving a great mark at the global showpiece

Having failed to make the Fifa World Cup as player, former Ghana international Laryea Kingston has set sights on not just being at the tournament as a coach, but going on to win the ultimate. 

A key member of the Black Stars between 2002 and 2010, the former Hearts of Oak midfielder did not participate with the team at Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010.

“In my coaching career, I want to graduate like the way I graduated through the various national teams," Kingston said, as reported by Ghanaweb.

"In my playing days, I played for the national under-15, 17, 20, the Olympic team and then the Black Stars. 

"So that’s the same way I want to graduate through the ranks. 

"In the next two years, I see myself coaching one of the top four clubs in the country and then one of the national teams,” the 37-year-old said.   

"I did a lot for the Black Stars, worked very hard for the team but I did not go to the World Cup, but I have the confidence that one day, I will win the World Cup for this country. 

"I keep saying it that I will win it for Ghana and I believe I will do it one day."

Aside from Egypt 2006, Kingston also featured for Ghana at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

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At club level, he played for Libyan side Al-Ittihad Tripoli, Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Be'er Sheva in Israel as well as Russian clubs Krylia Sovetov, Terek Grozny and Lokomotiv Moscow.

He was also on the books of Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, Hearts of Midlothian in Scotland and local sides Hearts of Oak and Great Olympics.