Laryea Kingston reveals how he ran away from Libya after six months without pay

Laryea Kingston reveals how he ran away from Libya after six months without pay

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:51 PM
  • Former Ghana international Laryea Kingston has opened up on his first travel abroad
  • The winger joined Libyan side Al Ittihad but had to leave after six months
  • Laryea Kingston returned to Ghana to join Hearts of Oak

Former Ghana footballer, Laryea Kingston says he had to leave Libya after six months of signing a three-year contract with Al Ittihad because life was tough in the North African country.

The former Black Stars winger revealed hew left because the club failed to pay him despite playing regularly for six months.

In an interview with Joy FM, the Right to Dream Academy youth developmental coach explained the ordeal he went through in Libya.

Laryea Kingston playing for Ghana. SOURCE: Twitter/ @ghanafaofficial
Laryea Kingston reveals how he ran away from Libya after six months without pay. SOURCE: Twitter/ @ghanafaofficial
Source: Twitter
“Before Hearts of Oak came in, Olympics transferred me to Libya, but the contract wasn’t successful. I had to run away from the contact because the punishment was too much. 'Akwantuo' is not easy,” said the 41-year-old.
“I signed a contract with Al-Ittihad Club in Libya, I signed three years, my salary and everything for six months I did not receive anything and I was playing for them.”

Laryea had moved to Libya after two successful seasons between 1999 to 2001 with Great Olympics. Hearts of Oak were then interested in the rising star.

But after a troubled move to Libya he returned to join the Phobians where he became a cult hero and later on coached the club.

After two years with Hearts of Oak, he moved to Saudi Arabia, where he joined Al Etiffaq. He played for several club and was a key player at Locomotive Moscow and Hearts of Mithlodian.

Laryea, these days works as the developmental coach at the famous Right to Dream Academy.

Laryea Kingston opens up on missing 2006 World Cup

Earlier, reported that, former Ghana international, Laryea Kingston has disclosed that he was psychologically affected after missing the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The legendary Ghanaian footballer missed the tournament after he was suspended for three games following a burst up with Senegalese defender Habib Beye at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006.

Fifteen years later, the retired footballer turned coach told Joy FM, he worked hard for the tournament and missing it took a huge blow on him.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.