YOU'RE GHANA HAVE TO DOALOT BETTER LARYEA; SPL LATEST... Clydesdale Bank PREMIER LEAGUE Laszlo in warning to Hearts star Kingston HEARTS v FALKIRK Today, Tynecastle, 3pm.
CSABA LASZLO has told Laryea Kingston he bears no grudges against him for returning to a homeland where life is cheaper than a plate of food.
But the Hearts boss will still order the Ghanaian midfielder to shape up and start thinking of his team when he returns from Africa on Monday.
Laszlo was furious this week when the Ghanaian Federation ordered Kingston home to Accra ahead of a midweek game against Tunisia.
He made the 8000-mile trip even though he has missed the past five matches for his club with a thigh injury.
He had no chance of making the international friendly and would have stood no chance of featuring against Falkirk this afternoon even if he had returned to the UK on time.
But Kingston revealed he had to make the journey as he feared for the safety of his family if he stayed in Edinburgh and Ghana fans believed he was faking injury.
It sounds an outlandish excuse to most Europeans but former Uganda boss Laszlo has sympathy for his player's plight after spending almost three years coaching in Africa.
He said: "It's a completely different culture, especially in some of the West African nations. You can't understand it unless you have lived there.
"There are witch doctors, clans and corruption and life is not always precious. In Africa, what's most precious is having a dollar or two a day to eat or put a roof over your head.
"You would cry at what goes on over there. It's very dangerous. They're friendly people, but full of pride and if something happens ...
"For example, when I first arrived in Uganda I was told it was very dangerous if I had an accident in my car and knocked someone down. I was warned if I stopped to examine the person then within two minutes I'd be surrounded by 100 people and maybe I'd be killed.
"They tell you to put the person in the back of the car and drive them directly to hospital but don't stop to examine him.
"Therefore, for the sake of Laryea's fitness I would have preferred if he stayed in Scotland because it's not good for his injury to be moving on and off flights but I understand why he went."
Laszlo says he didn't demand any injured European-based player travel to join the squad when he was manager of Uganda, not least because the medical infrastructure in Europe can only be matched in African nations such as South Africa and Kenya.
He has been in contact with Kingston this week and the player has pleaded for understanding of his plight by management and fans.
Laszlo remains upset at the Ghanaian Federation for calling him up in the first place but has told the midfielder he is still avalued member of his squad.
Mind you, Laszlo has left him in no doubt he expects him to focus on being more of a team player when he returns to Riccarton.
Kingston is one of the most skilful performers in the SPL but his workrate doesn't always match his talent and his boss is demanding an improvement.
Laszlo said: "The dressing room door is open for Laryea when he comes back. He is the perfect player only if he brings his qualities to the team and no one else.
"I like individual players because with one stroke they can win or decide games but they must also be part of the team.
"An individual player can hold the ball and juggle and move around in circles with it and the crowd applauds. However, I prefer to hear applause for my whole team and not just one individual.
"If Laryea returns and trains and is 100 per cent injury free then he plays because he is important but Hearts must not be only about one or two players. I don't want names, I want a team."
The Jambos were in eighth place three weeks ago but such is the nature of the SPL they are now sitting third after three wins on the spin - and they're out to make it four and wreak revenge on the Bairns for their 2-1 win at Westfield two months ago.
In the process, they are aiming for their fourth clean sheet on the spin after shut-outs against St Mirren, Hamilton and Inverness.
Laszlo added: "We've played some very attractive football in some games this season but it hasn't always been successful so I've changed things a little.
"Now we have to go back to trying to play good football and be successful at the same time."
WANNA BET ... a treble on Kilmarnock, Celtic and Dundee United pays 11-4.
DO IT MY WAY: Hearts coach Csaba Laszlo, main pic, has laid down the ground rules for Laryea Kingston, left
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Nov 22, 2008|
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