Former World U-17 Best Player and Black Stars midfield kin ping – Nii Odartey Lamptey has admitted that there were certain implausible mistakes he did in the early stages of his career which he wouldn’t repeat it should he have the second opportunity.
Speaking to Joy [99.7] FM in Accra on Saturday, the former Ghanaian international explained the reason why his career did not go according to how most people were expecting, citing poor educational background as the main reason he couldn’t accomplish his footballing dream.
“There were certain decisions I took then which I wouldn’t have taken now,” he said.
“The teams I chose to play for were okay and some of the monies were not coming to me due to my educational background until I got to know certain things,” Odartey added.
He, however, added that Anderlecht which happened to be his first professional club in Europe was a good starting point for him but the choice of teams he made thereafter contributed to his failure.
“I thought Anderlecht was a good start for me.
“My education was poor. I couldn’t speak English or French.
“Anderlecht gave me the educational background. They hired a teacher for me. I moved to PSV Eindhoven after that. They gave me something that kept me going.
I think if I had started somewhere else, it would have been a bit difficult for me.”
Meanwhile, coach Otto Phister who managed Odartey Lamptey at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991 and at the 1992 African Cup of Nations tournament in Senegal said last week that he was surprised that the former midfield stalwart who got recognition from no mean leass a person than the Brazilian Pele himself could not reach the height expected of him.
Otto Phister attributed Odartey Lamptey’s failure to bad transfer choices he made which affected his career ultimately.