Asante Kotoko midfielder, Richmond Lamptey has said that he considered quitting the sport when he was accused of engaging in match fixing during his time at now second division club, Inter Allies.
Lampety alongside other players of Inter Allies were allegedly charged for fixing a match against defunct club, AshantiGold two seasons ago.
The lanky midfielder received a ban from the Ghana Football Association, but the case was sent to the Court of Arbitration for Sports by the management of the club, with Lamptey eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.
The FA have been ordered by CAS to pay the player an amount in excess of $3000.
“It was very painful. Since the issue came up, I haven’t really spoken about it. It was a really difficult time for me. The way my parents were lamenting, it was painful to see,” he told Asante Kotoko media.
“It really affected my game, going out became a problem for me and even when you go on social media and see some comments, you get discouraged.
“There was a point I was contemplating retirement.
“I want to thank management for taking the issue to CAS and I feel vindicated now.”
Lamptey is expected to play a key role in the Porcupine Warriors’ 2023/24 BetPawa Premier League whee they open their campaign at Hearts of Lions.