Kingston Laryea of Accra Hearts of Oak at the Glo Premier League ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix
Former Black Stars and Hearts of Oak player Laryea Kingston has said but for football, he wanted to be a boxer, following his origin as a Bukom-born Ghanaian.
“I was born in Bukom and boxing is our first love. If not for football, I would have been a boxer,” Kingston said in interview.
“The “Lion” as he was affectionately called in his prime, enjoyed stints with local giants Hearts of Oak and Great Olympics before he went out to seek greener pastures, where he also played in Israel, Russia, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Holland and South Korea in a career which spanned over two decades.
Speaking on Untold Stories on Starr FM, the former Terek Grozny midfielder says he could have become a boxer if not for football.
“Ooh I was born in Bukom and growing up, we all know that Bukom is the home of boxing so I was a naughty boy who was interested in the sport alongside football.
“So I could have become a boxer if I hadn’t turn a football,” Laryea told Starr Sports.
Laryea made 41 appearances for the Black Stars scoring six goals between 2002 and 2010.
Bukom is regarded as the home of boxing in Ghana as the fishing community has produced almost all the world champions that have come from the tiny West African state.