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Posted: 15 February 2009 Time: 09:19

Richard Kingson is happy at Wigan Athletic despite being constantly restricted to the bench at the club.

The Ghana number one played 90 minutes for the Black Stars in an international friendly against Egypt but that rarely happens for Kingson at club level where his chances are heavily limited by England international Chris Kirkland and Mike Pollit.

But the lack of first team opportunities is not a bother for Kingson who also warmed the bench for long spells during his time at Birmingham City.

"I'm happy here even though I'm still waiting for my big chance," he said. "To be training with such a good squad of players is great. This is a happy club, with all the players getting on well together.

"We share jokes off the pitch, but work very hard on the training ground to make sure we do well in matches. Being a goalkeeper is difficult because obviously only one of you can play. It's not like other positions.

"There's strong competition here, with three goalkeepers, and I'll have to work so that if my chance comes I can take it."

Kingson's chances so far this season have been limited to one start against Tottenham Hotspurs in the FA Cup and nine appearances on the bench during League games.

With Ghana it is an entirely different story where Kingson is very much the boss of the goalkeeping department. And after one world cup appearance with the side, he is looking forward to a second straight one in South Africa.

"I've got my sights playing on the World Cup next year, and in our qualifying group we have Benin, Sudan and Mali. The winner of the group goes to South Africa; I really hope it will be us.

"I played in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Ghana got to the second round before getting knocked out by Brazil. But we beat the Czech Republic and the United States in the group stages, it was a very good experience."

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