Laryea Kingston
Laryea Kingston

Former Ghana Black Stars midfielder, Laryea Kingston, says Milovan Rajevec ‘killed’ him with his decision to drop him from his final squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“Milo [Milovan Rajevac] killed me,” he said in an interview with Muftawu Nabila Abdulai on the Joy News Channel.

“He killed me because I thought that was my last tournament for the national team.”

Laryea Kingston missed out on the 23-man squad for the Mundial in South Africa 12 years ago after a training camp in France.

Following his exclusion, the former Hearts midfielder never featured for the Black Stars again.

“I was ageing and wanted to focus on my club career because I had done a lot for the national team and it was time to give others the opportunity, so after that tournament, I have achieved everything there is as a player which is the World Cup, so I wanted to focus the little energy I have on my club career, that was the mindset.

“Also, my contract [with Hearts] was running out; I had six months left and they were offering me a contract [extension] but with a pay cut because their budget had dropped.

“So, my thinking was that if I go to the World Cup, one game could raise my value, so I was waiting to go to the World Cup and get a better offer. I was dropped, I came back and that contract was no longer on the table,” he revealed.

The full interview will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. on the Joy News Channel.