In 2007, reports had gained currency in the local media that the former Okwawu United midfielder had some mental health problems, but the player rubbished those reports.
He then announced a decision to re-launch his career by training with his community club but his mental situation degenerated further after unsuccessful attempts to make comeback
Arguably one the most skillful Ghanaian players ever to grace the local league, Yartey, who last played for Hearts of Oak, now roaming the streets of Accra.
He has been spotted by several football fans around the Bubuashi traffic light.
A playmate of Yartey, on condition of anonymity said he used to train with the nimble footed midfielder at the Darkuman Cable and Wireless Park- and wasn’t surprised at his current state as he (Yartey) has been engaged in drugs.
“Some years back, he used to join us train at this same field but we usually noticed his some uncommon behaviours and actions”, he said on condition of anonymity.
“Some of us are aware he was doing drugs and later, he stopped coming to train. We wouldn’t see him for months then he will resurface again in some funny clothes even without slippers”.
“It is sad to see him this way, but I’m not surprised as I had seen him through this despite attempts from some people to help but it just can’t stop”.
The Darkuman-born midfielder, was once touted as a prospect for the senior national team, the Black Stars, but that has remained a delusion.
Yartey, who last played for Hearts of Oak during the 2002/2003 season had previous stints with Okwawu United and Asante Kotoko.
He was a specialist is creating good shooting and goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates during his days with Hearts of Oak in the late 90s.
He was blessed with sweet feet but failed to live up to the hype.
Credit: Saddick ‘Obama’ Adams