Former Black Stars winger Laryea Kingston has revealed hiding in car boots and taxis to escape high demands from friends and relatives during his active playing days.
The former Hearts of Oak play maker narrated the traumatic experience Ghanaian players go through when they come home for holidays, with friends and relatives trooping in to ask for support.
Laryea, who was born in Bukom, a suburb of Accra, admits that the level of poverty in his community demands his support but adds the pressure becomes so intense that he sometimes had to escape by hiding in a car boot.
“Sometimes when I need to fly back to my club, I don’t know who will tell my friends and other people in my community. The will rush to my house in their numbers and occupy the whole street waiting for me to give them money before I depart,” Laryea revealed on the Football Legends Night Show on GhOne TV.
“The demand and pressure becomes so intense that sometimes I have to go in my car boot or disguise myself and leave with a taxi,” he explained.
He noted that similar pressure compelled many of his colleagues to end up spending more as philanthropists without saving for their future.
The experienced Ghana star noted that the current generation of players are confronted with similar challenges which leave them with nothing to save for the future.
“The same pressure is happening now to the current generation of footballers who are struggling to meet the high demand from friends and relatives.”