Kingson Making Most Of Chance With Blackpool


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Ghana World Cup goalkeeper RICHARD KINGSON of FC Blackpool makes a point blank save on West Ham United’s Mexico World Cup winger PABLO BARRERA, a purchase costing 4.0 million English pounds from Pumas de la UNAM this past summer, at the Boelyn Ground of Upton Park in East London. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
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Looking at the latest Goalkeeper Chart for the English Premier League, particularly in light of developments at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa this past summer, it is pretty hard to believe it took until September before someone finally decided to pick up Ghana international goalkeeper RICHARD KINGSON.

FC Blackpool signed the 32-year-old shot-stopper in September and, as the calendar turns into the New Year, the Seasiders have to be pleased with their selection. Kingson eventually got his chance when MATTHEW GILKS, who saved 67.61 % of shots faced and conceded 23 goals in his 12 starts this season, was injured. Since then, the results have been dramatic.

The Ghana World Cup goalkeeper has responded by halting a sparkling 81.48 % of shots faced while allowing just ten goals in nine games. And, Blackpool have won four times and added another draw with the Ghana international starting between the sticks in seven of the team’s last eight Premier League matches. With Gilks as first choice through the Tangerines’ first twelve games of the 2010-11 season, the team had recorded four wins.

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Ghana World Cup goalkeeper RICHARD KINGSON (28) of FC Blackpool looks to collect ahead of his teammate at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, AFC Sunderland striker ASAMOAH GYAN, as the Seasiders’ Northern Ireland international defender CRAIG CATHCART slides at the Stadium of Light in the upper northeast of England. (Scott Heppell/AP)
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Despite being selected by the Technical Study Group at the best goalkeeper at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Kingson only managed to get five games combined for Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic in three seasons of English football prior to this season after signing from Turkish club AS Ankaraspor in August of 2007.

Wigan Athletic, who chose not to offer the veteran with 84 caps for Ghana a new contract following the 2009-10 season, are currently languishing in the relegation zone 19th and second last in the Premiership.

On the other hand, Blackpool, promoted to the top flight in England for the first time since 1971, occupy a very respectable ninth place in the Premier League table at the moment.

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Goalkeeper RICHARD KINGSON (22) of English Premier League club Wigan Athletic consoles striker ASAMOAH GYAN (3) of French Ligue 1 side FC Stade Rennes after Ghana fell to Uruguay at the quarterfinal stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a penalty kick shootout after extra time at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
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Ghana World Cup goalkeeper RICHARD KINGSON (22) of English Premier League club Wigan Athletic makes a sliding tackle on United States striker JOZY ALTIDORE (17), on loan to English Premier League side Hull City from Spanish La Liga club CF Villarreal, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Round of Sixteen knockout match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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