Popular Ghanaian football analyst Samuel Atuobi-Yiadom has urged Kwesi Appiah to resist calls for Richard Kingson’s international return.
The 35-year-old was frozen out of the Ghanaian national team due to two years of club inactiveness.
But after joining Cypriot first division club Doxa Katokopias, there have been a massive campaign to have the former Blackpool and Wigan Athletic shot-stopper return to the international stage.
Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah is the latest high-profile personality to call for Kingson’s return to the Black Stars ahead of the crucial World Cup playoffs against Egypt in October and November.
But popular football analyst Samuel Atuobi-Yiadom, nicknamed, ‘arrowsounds’ wants the Black Stars trainer to ignore such calls.
“His time has gone. We have look to the future. He must concentrate on what he has now and work on them,” Atuobi-Yiadom told GHANAsoccernet
“Are we saying that without Richard Kingson, we cannot beat Egypt? If we cannot beat Egypt to qualify to the World Cup, then we don’t deserve to be at the soccer mundial.
“Why the sudden crave for Kingson’s return? We have so many goalkeepers. What we need to do is to build their confidence.
“Many people doubted Fatau Dauda’s capability before this year’s AFCON, but look at how he performed.
“Of course there are some deficiencies but I don’t think the answer is Kingson. We have to move on and inspire confidence in up and coming goalkeepers.
“We don’t need to press the panic button and make it look as if the world is crumbling on us. We have enough quality to beat Egypt.
“We know they will be tough but if you want to go to the World Cup, you must beat the best to get there.
He added: “Either than that, there is no point in us being there. There are pressing issues which must be addressed. And that for me is the defense.
“That is where the major problem is. If you have weak defense, what do you expect a goalkeeper to do?
“In our game against Zambia the communication between the defenders and the goalkeeper was very poor and that resulted in their goal. Let’s find solution to the weak defense and stop this talk of bringing ‘olele’ back.”
Current number one Fatau Dauda has come under intense criticism following his not-too impressive performance against Zambia early this month in Kumasi.
The Orlando Pirates shot-stopper was a pale shadow of himself with his jumpiness showing clearly at the Baba Yara stadium.
That has suddenly sparked widespread suggestions that the experienced Kingson should be reinstated.