'I ran away from Libyan club after going 6 months without salary' – Laryea Kingston

Ex-Ghana international Laryea Kingston has recounted how he had to “run away” from his contract with Al-Ittihad Tripoli over non-payment of salary.

'I ran away from Libyan club after going 6 months without salary' – Laryea Kingston

According to Laryea, his salary and bonuses were not paid in the first six months after he joined the Libyan side.

The 41-year-old joined Al-Ittihad Tripoli from Ghana Premier League side Accra Great Olympics in the year 2000.

However, the winger didn’t last in the Libyan topflight and returned to Olympics after spending just a few months at Al-Ittihad.

Opening up on his struggles during the start of his career, Laryea said he had to abandon his three-year contract with Al-Ittihad after the club refused to pay him.

“Before Hearts of Oak came in, Olympics transferred me to Libya, but the contract wasn’t successful. I had to run away from the contact because the punishment was too much. 'Akwantuo' is not easy,” he told Joy FM.

“I signed a contract with Al-Ittihad Club in Libya, I signed three years, my salary and everything for six months I did not receive anything and I was playing for them.”

Laryea, who is currently the U-18 coach at Right to Dream Academy, further stated that he was always more focused on getting playing time rather than the money.

“For me, all I want is to come back to Ghana, re-launch my career because I realized that place would not help me, and I want to play football to the top, so all I want is to come out of the contract and continue my career.

“I’m not thinking about the money; it’s a lot of money, but I know if I start playing, I would earn a lot than what I’m chasing over there.”

Laryea joined Hearts of Oak after returning from Libya and went on to play for several European clubs, including Hapoel Tel Aviv, Lokomotiv Moscow, Heart of Midlothian and Vitesse Arnhem.

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