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Odartey Lamptey eyes national team coaching job

Former Black Stars midfielder, Nii Odartey Lamptey, says he is ready to take up any coaching role in any of the nation’s age-restricted teams.

Lamptey had a career which took him to Europe and South America and he also featured for Ghana at U-17, U-20, U-23 and senior team levels. At a point in 1991, he was christened by Brazilian football legend, Pele, as the next biggest thing in world football.

Lamptey now has his own football academy, Glow Lamp Academy, where he passes on knowledge to the next generation of players and he believes this time is right for him to do this for the country.

“I am interested in handling the U-17 team and U-20 teams. Anytime I am called, I should be able to do a very good job. I have to admit that the female teams will be a challenge. The Black Stars job is one I am not ready for at the moment,” he said in an interview with Kwese Sports.

The former PSV Eindhoven and Aston Villa player stated that coaching was one of his favourite things but the opportunities were not readily available unlike in Europe where some of his former team-mates have made some headway in terms of life after active football.

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“I love coaching these young ones and to be sincere, they look up to us. Look at what happens in Europe. I see that most of the people I played with are doing new things now.

We communicate with each other often to see what we are all up to. I see that one of my former colleagues at Aston Villa, Andy Townsend, is on television and we chat often.

When Aston Villa wanted to sign Jordan Ayew in 2015, he got in touch with me for information. He was surprised to see that I was not in a major coaching job while other former team-mates were in the dugout. But this is Africa for you.”

Should Lamptey make the jump to a national team coaching job, he will join the likes of Yaw Preko, Maxwell Konadu, Kwesi Appiah, Ibrahim Tanko and Malik Jabir as former national team players who have had the chance to coach a national team.

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