Former Ghanaian professional footballer, Odartey Lamptey is having a matrimonial issue that has been given him a hell of time in the past few years. He revealed how, despite owning houses, he has been paying for accommodation for the past eight years due to the tussle with his former wife.
On Thursday, a Court of Appeal threw out an appeal filed by Gloria Appiah, the former wife of Mr Lamptey, to own his seven-bedroom house at East Legon despite settling her with alimony of his four-bedroom house at Dome, a car and cash of ¢200,000 (about N13,819,149.37) as ordered by an Accra High Court in 2017.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Angel FM, the former U-17 FIFA World Cup winner disclosed that he’s been renting a house for eight years with his new wife and children.
He said although the situation saddens him, he finds consolation in his children sometimes.
“Since the first ruling, my ex-wife has been living in my seven-bedroom house at East Legon in addition to the four-bedroom she has already been given,” the former Aston Villa forward said.
He stressed that he sometimes weeps due to his situation but his children encourage him.
“Sometimes I cry when I’m alone in my room. My children sometimes encourage me and tell me not to cry again,” he added.
Currently, Mr Lamptey is the head coach of Elmina Sharks who are still fighting for survival in the ongoing Ghana Premier League campaign.
Lamptey married Gloria Appiah in 1993. The marriage was a controversial one, angering his brothers, as Appiah is from a different tribe (Fante) to his (Ga). He had five children, of whom two died to lung diseases. However, a DNA test revealed he was not the biological father of the remaining three children and he divorced her. Appiah filed for an appeal in court, requesting 50% of his assets in the divorce including occupancy at the couple’s East Legon apartment, but was refused by the judge