Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah says Richard Kingson’s immense experience was the reason he was handed a return to the Black Stars.
The 35-year-old was a surprise inclusion to the Ghana team for the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt on Tuesday.
Kingson’s sudden return has sparked several criticisms – with many believing he is not needed now that the Black Stars are at the threshold of World Cup qualification.
But coach Appiah has defended his call – pointing clearly to the Cyprus-based shot-stopper’s immense experience.
The Black Stars coach however conceded he might not have made a such a call if he was forming a team for a tournament.
“I felt that with his [Kingson] experience and the number of days I had to assess him it was worth calling him up and all Ghanaians have seen him in training and can also judge for themselves,” Appiah said at the pre-match press conference on Monday night.
“If it had been a tournament I don’t think it would have been wise to call him up, but I have been able to assess him because of the time we had.
“All I can say is that he is part of the three keepers and he will dress up for the game.”
Kingson is in line to be named in Ghana’s starting line up to face Egypt on Tuesday at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
He is making a return to the team after an over two-year absence mainly due to his then clublessness.