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Nii Odartey Lamptey names Diego Maradona as the motivating factor for his transfer to Argentina

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In 2009, he signed up as an assistant coach with Division One side, Eleven Wise, with his former team mate and current Black Stars head coach – CK Akonnor as his boss.
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Former Black Stars midfielder, Nii Odartey Lamptey, has revealed the secret behind his transfer from Italy to Argentina.

According to him, Diego Maradona was the reason he penned the deal.

After the 1989 U-17 World Cup tournament, the Argentina legend named Nii Odartey Lamptey as his heir apparent due to his scintillating football skills.

According to the former Aston Villa player, he was struggling for playing time at his club, Venezia, in Italy, adding that a coach who was impressed with his performance recommended Argentina.

He added that he thought of Diego Maradona and decided to take on the challenge.

He stated that he went to Boca Juniors, but could not play for them because at the time, the policy in Argentina was that only five foreign players could play for a club and Boca Juniors had exhausted their quota, so he was moved to Unión de Santa Fe where he played for a year.

He mentioned that he decided to leave Argentina because he lost his child and could not play there anymore.

He continued his globetrotting journey with moves to clubs like Greuther Fürth, Shandong Luneng, Al-Nassr, Asante Kotoko and Jomo Cosmos.

In 2009, he signed up as an assistant coach with former Ghana Premier League side, Eleven Wise, with his former team mate and current Black Stars head coach – CK Akonnor as his boss.

He made the above pronouncements when he spoke to Nathaniel Attoh on Joy FM's 'Sports Link' programme.

 

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