By RON FANFAIR
Ghanaian midfield player Laryea Kingston will miss next month’s African Nations Cup soccer tournament after suffering a hamstring injury last week in the Scottish Premier League.
The Heart of Midlothian Football Club player, who incurred the injury in his team’s drawn contest with Dundee United, predicts he will be out of action for up to seven weeks. The African Nations Cup tournament runs from January 10-31 in Angola.
Kingston was recently involved in a club-versus-country dispute and was fined for breaching club discipline. The player apologized and vowed to win back the Heart’s fans.
Heart’s manager Csaba Laszio was upset when Kingston turned out twice for Ghana when he had yet to play for the Scottish club because of injury. Kingston insisted he would not be bullied into putting club before country. He later apologized to Heart’s fans after his first appearance of the Scottish Premier League season.
Kingston, who missed the 2006 World Cup because of a suspension, says he wants to give himself every chance of playing in South Africa in 2010.
And, the Tanzanian Soccer Federation is seeking a new national team coach after the federation and current manager Marcio Maximo agreed that the coach would quit his job three months before his contract expires.
Federation president Leodegar Tenga said they would use the upcoming Nations Cup finals as a hunting ground for a new coach.
‘We will begin the search in January, focusing on coaches in Angola,” he said. “We hope we will get one in Angola and if we agree to terms, he will take over in March. We have met and explained to Maximo and I believe he is also busy searching for a new job.”
Critics blame the Brazilian coach for failing to turn around the fortunes of the national team and many people felt he was being kept in the job because he has a good relationship with the country’s president.
But the team’s failure at this year’s East and Central Africa Soccer Associations tournament in Nairobi seems to have cost Maximo his job. Tanzania also failed to qualify for the Nations Cup finals.
Meanwhile, the Senegal Soccer Federation has appointed Amara Traore as the new head coach of the Teranga Lions.
The 44-year-old former player has coached first division ASC Linguere de St-Louis since 2007, leading them to the title this season.
Senegal has been without a coach since October 2008 after Lamine Ndiaye was sacked for failing to reach the final round of the 2010 World Cup qualifying competition.
Traore’s immediate task is to help Senegal qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the Olympic Games.