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06.03.2007 General News

Odartey Lamptey Moves To Cosmos, Kaizer Chiefs Sack Middendorp

Former Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey, has signed for South African premier league club Jomo Cosmos.

It will be the 11th country that the one-time teenage prodigy has played in, including spells at Aston Villa and Coventry City in England.

The 32-year-old played at the age of 16 for Belgian club Anderlecht and won an Olympic medal with Ghana at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

He has also played for clubs in Italy, Argentina, Turkey, Portugal, Germany, China, Saudi Arabia and his native Ghana.

Kaizer Chiefs have fired German coach Ernst Middendorp after dropping out of the title race and losing in the first round of the national cup.

Chiefs announced Middendorp's departure on Monday after their 2-1 weekend defeat at home to bottom team AmaZulu in the Premier League.

Middendorp, previously coach of Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld, had four months left on a two-year contract.

He joined Chiefs after they won two successive league titles, but last season they could only manage third place, seven points behind current champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Chiefs did not announce an immediate replacement.

Source — BBC