The Black Stars of Ghana is lately struggling to regain their dominance on the continent. The team has practically the very best players, yet is failing to live up to expectations. Ghana will be partaking in the 2023 AFCON which is days away from being played in Ivory Coast.
Several football intellectuals have called for the consideration of practically every one of the quality players the nation has all over the world, just so the Stars can shine at the looming competition. In the local football scene, a few players have been named by various first rate sports devotees to be added to the team.
Asante Kotoko’s Richmond Lamptey is one of a handful of the Ghana Premier league players mentioned by Sports legends like Kwabena Yeboah (Ghana’s Sports Writers Association President) and ex Premier League star Charles Taylor for him to be in the team. As per the pro writer Kwabena Yeboah and Charles Taylor, the Black Stars team won’t be complete if Lamptey is missing.
What Makes Richmond Lamptey That Remarkable?
The solid midfielder is seemingly the best player in the Ghana Premier league now. In all games played up to this point, the player has been exceptionally instrumental for his club Kumasi Asante Kotoko. His control of the ball, speed, and precision with the ball are outstanding.
Out of eight matches played up until this point, Richmond Lamptey has not attracted any punishable card and is yet to score for his club Kumasi Asante Kotoko. In the recent El-classico game against rivals Accra Hearts of Oak, the midfielder was phenomenal all through the hour and a half of the game.
His unimaginable assists won the day for Kumasi Asante Kotoko where they thump Hearts of Oak by 3-2. After the game, a few fans have yelled out for Black Stars call-up for the player following his performance. Lamptey’s specialized on-field capacities is the fascination.
More About Richmond Lamptey:
The 26 year-old Kumasi Asante Kotoko player has capped once for the Ghana national team. Before moving to Kotoko, he played for West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) between 2008–2015. He also played for international allies like Salam Zgharta on loan. He joined WAFA at the age of twelve.
He progressed through the age groups playing for the U-13, U-17 till he was promoted to the senior team in 2015. He played three seasons with the senior team in the Ghana Premier League and was part of the squad that placed second in the 2017 season, the club’s highest ever position in the history of the league.
He played an important role that season, by playing 26 league matches, scoring one goal and providing five assists. His performance over the season drew in interest from several clubs. He left the club after his contract expired ending a nine-year stint with the Sogakope-based team.
On 25 January 2018, International Allies announced that they had signed Lamptey as a free agent on three-year contract. On 3 February 2019, Lamptey signed for Lebanese Premier League side Salam Zgharta on a loan deal till the end of the 2018–19 season.
He returned to the Inter Allies and was appointed as the club captain for the 2019–20 season. In the 2020–21 season, he played 30 matches, scored 3 goals, provided two assists and won four man of the match awards. He made headlines within the season with his 40-yard thunderbolt strike against Hearts of Oak in November 2020.
That strike led Inter Allies to their first victory of the season. At the end of the 2020-21 season, he was banned from all football related activities for 30 months by the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary committee. This decision was taken due to his alleged involvement in a match fixing scandal between Ashanti Gold and Inter Allies.
On July 27th, 2023, the Court of Arbitration for Sports(CAS) ordered the Ghana Football association ( CAF) to compensate Richmond Lamptey with an amount of CHF 3,000($ 3,444) and also annul the sanctions imposed on him.
In September 2021, Lamptey signed for Asante Kotoko on a three-year deal, making him the first signing of newly appointed coach Prosper Narteh Ogum.
Lamptey represented Ghana in the youth levels, including for the Ghana U17 in 2013 before being promoted to the Ghana U20. In 2017, he was a member of the Ghana squad that won the WAFU Cup of Nations.