The repercussions of what many men would have suffered after experiencing the pain and agony endured by former Black Stars midfielder, Odartey Lamptey, could, indeed, have been dire, but the mercurial playmaker has simply overlooked them to move on.
Odartey Lamptey was hit with what could be described as the most outrageous surprise of his life when DNA results proved that three children he fathered from his marriage with former wife, Gloria Appiah, were not his biological children after 21 years of marriage.
The bizarre revelation that stunned the nation got many wondering whether the former FIFA U-17 World Cup winner would commit suicide or end up with a perpetual mental challenge.
Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbeve in a ruling in an Accra High Court restored to him majority of his property including a luxurious 7-bedroom apartment at East Legon on the grounds of adultery by former wife, Gloria Appiah.
Speaking for the first time after the ruling, Odartey Lamptey held that such incidents happen to men just to strengthen and also coach them in making life’s most salient decisions.
Odartey maintained that his confidence and trust in God was what propelled him to overcome what could have caused him to make a decision he would have regretted.
Lamenting his initial reaction when news broke of his wife’s infidelity, Odartey Lamptey said: “many men would have blacked out or would have done something stupid themselves: it was really a shocking revelation, God gave me a renewed courage and energy to withstand these pain and today I can boldly say that I have overcome them all.”
He said, “For you to look after children for 21 years later to realise that they are not yours is something many can’t withstand but I thank God I have been granted the justice I deserve. She can keep what was awarded her but for me, I am happy because I am now a free man ready to start life again.”
Odartey Lamptey however, assured the general public that grim and alarming revelations of what led to the weird fiasco would soon be made available after consulting his lawyers. Lamptey currently has two biological children with his girlfriend, former Ghana’s Most Beautiful finalist and actress, Ruweida Yakubu, during his separation.
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