A former coach of Accra Hearts of Oak Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio has pleaded with Ghanaians to be patient with goalkeeper Richard ‘Olele’ Kingson.
Kingson has been a subject of criticism amongst a section of Ghanaian fans after some below par performances exhibited by the keeper in his last few matches for the national team.
The shot-stopper has not played in the last three games for the Black Stars and as a matter of fact was dropped from the team that beat Sudan last Saturday to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and is also not in the team, which will play Nigeria in London on Tuesday night.
Currently without a club, the agile custodian is struggling to keep his spot as the nation’s safest pair of hands, but the ex-Black Stars coach thinks ‘Olele’ still has a lot left in him.
Speaking to The Globe newspaper, the decorated coach appealed to Ghanaians to remember what the goalkeeper has done for the nation.
“Olele is still the best we have, but as a coach, sometimes you may want to build a backup for your team and that may probably be what our coach wants to do,” he noted. “It is very unfair for Ghanaians to be condemning Olele. I think he will prove himself. ”
He added: “We always seem to forget so quickly that this man played in two World Cups and each time performed incredibly.
“I don’t know why we are doing this to him, I have known him for many years and I believe he is still the best we have so please let’s be patient with him. ”
Source: The Globe Ghana