The recent suspension of Referee Joseph Odartey Lamptey, due to a wrong call decision he made during the 2018 world cup qualifier match between Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Teranga Lions of Senegal, a negative output in which a dubious penalty awarded to the hosts with outright condemnation from pundits and anybody that have the benefits of watching the match and the said howler which strangely includes the South Africans the main beneficiaries of the wrong call, before that, Referee Lamptey, the eldest son of late MAJOR GEORGE LANTE LAMPTEY a colossus and giant in continental and global football officiating during his era, have been identified with controversial match decisions which most critical decider in his native Ghana, such howlers whether deliberate or genuine human fallibility did sent anguish in the following teams and matches with the victims in big caps here, Medeama SC vrs Dwarfs in Accra(2009) middle league, Gt Olympics vrs Tema Youth (2014) in Kumasi, middle league promotional round robin, Coach David Duncan then running the touch lines for Asante Kotoko is still livid of JO Lamptey’s denial the of the sides 2nd equalizer against FC Medeama in 2015 FA cup final at the Essipong Stadium. It could also, be recalled that he’s the center when fans disrupted the Homowo challenge Cup match between city rivals Accra Hearts of oak and Gt. Olympics the last match before the old “national Wembley” was pulled down for reconstruction in preparation for AFCON-2008 tourney.
THE CURSE TAG
With all these howlers, he paradoxically continue to enjoy and officiate top and critical matches both home and abroad especially on the Africa Continent, following the the dad’s footage and foray into continental football, a comments and rumours started flying on some local networks with regards to African beliefs of a CURSED on the father Major(Rtd) Lamptey by Moroccan football chieftains after the Magrebs perceived robbed by the Snr Lamptey in the 1974 World cup decider against Mobutu Seseko’s Zaire(DR CONGO) at the time Africa had just one slot to representation at the mundial hosted and won by Germany.
THE ARGUMENT NOW
How true is it that a mistake (CURSE) on a father, could transcend to his children (generational). Though, there’s a biblical and Quoranic proof to support such beliefs. It still baffles, because from checks Major George Lamptey did no wrong in said decider since remains the first Ghanaian football referee to be invited for the mundial – 1974 World cup in West Germany though the records show he didn’t partake in any of the games, a pace late Referee Benjamin Kwasi Dwomoh from Koforidua set when he assisted the lines in 1982 world cup in Spain making him the 1st Ghanaian to officiate at the world cup but the 2 nd to be invited. Senior Referee Lamptey had earlier been to and officiated in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics games (football).He retired as CAF Referees Instructor before his demise in the last decade, so where then is generational curse comments all over, it may not be true after all but a disastrous outputs from a son who is surviving on the large legacy in continental and global football.