My treatment for low sperm count resulted in failed drug test and ban – Richard Kingson

Ghana’s shot-stopper at the World Cup finals in Germany and South Africa, Richard “Olele” Kingson, has made a startling revelation regarding his suspension from football in 2004 after a failed drugs test.

Wrongly accused of doping at the time, Kingson was suspended from football-related activities for six months.

Richard Olele Kingson
Richard Kingson is one of the longest serving goalkeepers to ever play for Ghana.It was his turn on the Black Stars Classics on Max TV .

The father of two explained on Max TV’s Black Stars Classics – World Cup Edition with Yaw Ampofo Ankrah that he was shocked because he had previously never tested positive for any banned substance in his entire playing career.

“I was confused because they said I have tested positive for a banned substance. It was much later after discussing with my wife and doctor that we realized the problem was as a result of taking medication for my low sperm count”

The highly decorated keeper said he went through a tough spell but the support of his wife and other close associates helped him overcome that particular challenge.

Astonishingly, Kingson, who was 30 at the time, went on to play in the English Premier League making his full league debut for Wigan as a replacement for their injured first choice keeper Chris Kirkland.

The Ghanaian made further headlines in England because he had his name registered as “Kingston” with UEFA and also had Turkish nationality as “Faruk Gursoy.” He overcame the initial media scrutiny to feature for Blackpool and Birmingham City.

Kingson is one of the longest serving goalkeepers to ever play for Ghana.


Source: Mutala Yakubu

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