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VIDEO: Richmond Lamptey narrates how he nearly quit football

Lamptey says he came close to retiring prematurely

Kumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder Richmond Lamptey has chronicled that he came close to retiring from active football prematurely after his initial ban by the Ghana Football Association.

According to the former Inter Allies player, the psychological trauma he went through following bashing he received from families and the public nearly forced him to end his football dream.

Richmond, who joined Kotoko at the beginning of the 2021/2022, was found guilty after an investigation by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association and handed him a ban.

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This was after the Ghana Football Association’s disciplinary committee in the 2020/2021 season banned the midfielder from all football activities for a period of 30 months for his alleged involvement in a game between his former club, Inter Allies and Ashantigold which ended in a 7-0 defeat against the former.

However, Asante Kotoko appealed on the player’s behalf at the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the decision to be overturned.

Fast-forward, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which is an independent tribunal that facilitates settlements of sporting disputes ruled in favour of the attacking midfielder.

Reacting to the news for the first time to Asante Kotoko YouTube channel, the talented midfielder revealed that the ordeal of his initial ban nearly resulted in quitting football.

“It was very painful – since the issue came up; I haven’t commented on it. It was really difficult because I could recall the pains my mother, and my father went through as well.

How friends, colleagues and family members kept calling me on the issue were not easy for me at all… It really affected my game, because being accused wrongly of something I have no idea was really bad, going out became a problem too.

Even when I go on social media and see comments, I get discouraged to a point where I contemplated on retirement because it wasn’t easy,” he said.

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He thanked the management and leadership of the Ghana Premier League club for the intervention to get him back on the pitch.

“I want to thank management for taking the issue to CAS and I feel vindicated now,” Richmon Lamptey expressed.

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