Laryea Kingston has what it takes to coach the Black Stars – Don Bortey

Published on: 17 May 2024

Former Hearts of Oka star Bernard Dong Bortey believes Laryea Kingston can handle the Black Stars with ease considering his exploits with the Black Starlets.

Kingston led the Black Starlets to dismantle Ivory Coast in the WAFU Zone B U17 Africa Cup of Nations opener.

The Black Starlets started the competition on a flying note after thrashing the Ivorians 5-1 at the Legon Sports Stadium.

Goals from Godfred Sarpong, Harve Gbafa, Mark Kagawa Mensah and Joseph Narbi’s brace ensured the Black Starlets cruised to an emphatic victory on Wednesday.

Speaking to Accra-based Mothers 102.7FM, Dong Bortey disclosed that Laryea has what it takes to lead the Black Stars.

“Laryea Kingston can coach the Black Stars ‘hands down’. Is not about giving it to the former players but the one who is ready and has done it before.

“I believe that Laryea can coach the Black Stars hands down when given to him because he has transformed the national U17 team,” he stated.

The Black Starlets will next Benin in their second game of the competition.

The Ghana U17 are aiming to secure qualification to the U17 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in seven years. The last time Ghana participated in the AFCON was back in 2017.