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Abdul Karim Razak blames match-fixing claims over Kotoko departure

Former head coach of Asante Kotoko, Abdul Karim Razak has opened up on his decision to leave the porcupine warriors despite leading the club to end their 10 years wait for the Ghana premier league title in 2003.

Abdul Razak widely referred to as the “Golden Boy” played for the Asante Kotoko for almost a decade before later returning to the Kumasi-based side in a coaching capacity.  

The ex-Ghana international told Pulse Ghana he turned down a new contract offer after feeling discredited by then-Kotoko management over their league success.

“The management of Kotoko at the time asked me to sign a new contract but I gave it to my manager Jones Abu Alhassan to study it and I told them to wait for a while before my decision to put pen to paper,”

“After the league success, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II invited us and when we met him in the company of some of the sub-chief, they all praised us for the good job done”, Razak told Pulse Ghana.

The 64-year-old maintained his decision to quit Kotoko after management’s match-buying claims.

“However, when the management were asked to render an account, they stated that they bought some of the games we won and that contributed to the success we chalked.

“Looking at the caliber of players I had, I couldn’t let them attribute our league triumph to match-fixing, so I had issues with the management and I had to leave”, the Golden boy added.

Asante Kotoko has since gone on to win five more Ghana premier league titles and currently the most successful club in the country’s top division league.

Abdul Karim Razak was part of Ghana’s team that won the 1978 African Cup of Nations in 1978 and was later voted African footballer of the year

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About Richard Korley

Sports writer/ blogger, formerly a presenter with Volta Premier FM, Ho. A sports fan by default with numerous articles across various sporting disciplines in Ghana. Reach me via Call/ Text 0542 838 805 or email: korley_nene@yahoo.com.

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