There are many talks about Lamptey. Some say he was much older than 16 (like a lot of African talents, but 28 looks very old to me) others at Anderlecht said he wasn't even 16. In Belgium you have to be 16 to start in the first team. Therefore it was said they manipulated his age on his pass. De Mos had to wait some weeks to line him up. he wanted to do that much earlier, but wasn't allowed.
Anyway he once one hell of a player. To me he didn't make it because:
1) There as way too much pressure on him. For example that "black Pélé"-stuff really got to his head.
2) He had way too much games at that time. He was fighting for his starting place at Anderlecht, which he eventually lost due to his games with the national side of Ghana. I think those national coaches really killed him. He was selected for the first team, the -21.... and he never refused. Then came the injuries and finally it was clear that he was lost for football.
Anderlecht managed to sell him to PSV, where Aad De Mos, the man who let him make his debut in the Anderlecht-team, was coach. At PSV he had some good games, but you could see it was over. It was all downhill from there. He even went to Brazil and last year he warmed the bench at some German 3e division team. :depress:
It really makes me really sad when I think of him. I remember the excitement I felt as an Anderlecht-fan. Your club having a futur worldstar and he showed it. His first game, he made the decisive goal. His first full European game against Red Star Belgrado, who just became European Champion, he played marvelous and scored, although we lost.
Still Anderlecht didn't learn from this mistake. After him many hughely talented players where wasted (e.x. the brother of Sunday Oliseh, Azubike). In the end the team didn't look for African talents anymore .
Just saw Aad De Mos on Dutch TV. He was the one that gave Lamptey a chance at 16 years old at Anderlecht. He also insisted when he coached PSV to loan Lamptey. Now De Mos is technical director at KV Mechelen and Lamptey plays in the 2 division in Germany. Tonight De Mos said that it's very likely that Nii will play in Mechelen next year. After all the **** Lamptey has gone through professionally and personally this makes me feel soo damn good :happy: roud:.
He has struggled with his form since he left PSV. This mainly due to personal problems and injuries. I'm sure that when he'll be reunited with De Mos he can come back to a decent level. I saw him at Anderlecht 10 years ago and I don't believe you can waste such enormous amounts of class.
The amazing career of former Ghanaian teenage prodigy Nii Lamptey has taken another twist with a move from the German second division to China.
Lamptey, who played for Belgian giants Anderlecht at just 16, has joined former Chinese champions Shandong, based on the north-east coast.
He has already made an impressive debut, helping the team thrash Sichuan 4-0 in the last 16 of the Cup, and received good reviews in the press.
The media said his passion, skill and good linking with his team-mates made the Shandong midfield much more effective.
The 27-year-old has done well to earn a year's contract as Shandong tried out five other foreign players as they sought to fill the fourth foreigner spot in their squad.
Black Stars call
Ghanaian media had suggested Lamptey was about to win a recall to the Black Stars side, having not played for them since a 8-2 thrashing in Brazil in 1996
The move to China put paid to that but Lamptey's main priority is to resurrect his club career after a difficult season at German side Greuther Furth where he made only 15 appearances, and all as a second-half substitute.
He had been tipped to make a return to Belgium at relegated Mechelen, joining up with coach Aad de Mos, who brought him to Anderlecht as a precocious teenager.
Lamptey justified all the expectation at first, impressing in Brussels, helping Ghana win the Under-17 World Cup in 1991 and featuring in the senior team which got to the Nations Cup final the following year.
After a few problems at Anderlecht, Lamptey had a good season at PSV Eindhoven, but his career then went into freefall as he followed a wandering existence around the globe.
He played a handful of games at Aston Villa and Coventry in England, Venezia in Italy, Ankaragucu in Turkey, Santa Fé in Argentina, Uniao Leiria in Portugal and then had two seasons at Greuther Furth
Ah, good old Nii Lamptey. Or Nil Lamptey as he was called in the Championship Manager 93/94 End Of Season Edition. He was an Aston Villa man that year I think. I used to sign him in every single one of my games. He was great! So it was nice to hear about the real life Nii after playing with him so many times. Quite a sad story. But football is full of similar stories. Depressing...