Football: Lamptey opts out of kingship

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Nii Lamptey, the Coventry midfielder, has passed up the opportunity of returning home to Ghana to become an African king in order to pursue his career as a professional footballer.

When his father died this summer, Lamptey, 20, became heir to the throne of the Gha tribe. But he has turned down the chance to take over as chief when his grandfather dies.

Lamptey, related to the Leeds striker, Tony Yeboah, said: "The throne will be vacant. They have shown it to me and said it could be mine, but when you are chief you have to sort out many problems - you can imagine how many there are when we have three million people."