Nii Odartey Lamptey is a former Ghanaian professional footballer who played for several top flights clubs across Europe including Aston Villa, Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven, Coventry City, and the Ghana National Team.
The sharp striker believes Senegal 1992 African Cup of Nations was the best squad Ghana has ever produced in a major tournament playing with the likes of Abedi Pele, Armah Senegal, Kwesi Appiah, Mohammed Gargo, Tony Yeboah and a few to mention.
Speaking to Sports Agenda on Tumpaani Tv the former Ghanaian striker talked about the miserable challenges he faced growing up. He said, “my parents abused and neglected me, my father likes alcohol very much and I’m sure alcohol destroyed his lungs thus leading to his death”.
Lamptey found refuge in a Muslim football camp and converted from Christianity to Islam, he said my Muslim name was “Abdul Nasir” but the former striker reconciled with his father and readopted Christianity in 1997 only to lose him to an alcohol related illness.
Lamptey married Gloria Appiah in 1993, the marriage was a controversial one. They had five children of whom two died due to lung diseases. However, DNA test revealed he was not the biological father of the remaining three children. He said,
”I sometimes feel hurt, I cry in me, but I feel, I took the right decision in my life”. The former Aston Villa striker believes he’s still moving on in life after the marital issues, very happy and healthy to produced again.
In 2016, Lamptey got engaged to actress and Ghana Most Beautiful pageant Ruweida Yakuba with whom they have two lovely daughters.
The former Anderlecht added that, “I think we have to applaud Kotoko football club for such an excellent performance in the CAF Confederation competition. The team managements and the playing body, are doing their best and this the time they need our supports to progress into the next stage of the competition”.
Ghanaian international is now managing his own academic team, glow lamp soccer academy.