Former Ghana international Laryea Kingston believes it takes more than playing football at the highest level to become a successful coach.

The 42-year-old noted that there are many roles that retired footballers could occupy, but they need to be competent enough first.

Kingston further stated that playing football and coaching are two different things and one needs to earn his qualifications to succeed in the latter.

Laryea Kingston: Ex-Ghana winger acquires UEFA B coaching license
Laryea Kingston: Ex-Ghana winger acquires UEFA B coaching license

“When you are managing a football club, there are so many areas that former players can go into. But sometimes, you should have that competency of the job you are expecting someone to give you,” he told Joy Sports.

“You should be competent enough. Most former players think ‘Because I have played football to the highest level I can be a coach. [No] You have to go through education to know where you are. Playing football is different.”

The former Hearts of Oak winger is currently the assistant coach of Ghana’s U17 national team, the Black Starlets.

 Laryea Kingston
Laryea Kingston

He veered into management following his retirement from football and has been working as a juvenile coach in recent years.

Kingston, who played for the Black Stars from 2002 to 2010, acquired a UEFA B coaching license in February 2022.

He previously worked as a youth team coach at the Right to Dream Academy before taking up his current role with Ghana’s U17s.