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Karim Razak wants Ghana job

9:36 PM GMT+4 21/02/2017
Karim Abdul Razak & Hicham El Amrani
The 1978 African best Player of the Year says he's the right man to lead the Black Stars to glory

Ghana and Asante Kotoko legend Karim Abdul Razak wants to apply for the Black Stars coaching job.

The four-time African champions will be without a head coach at the end of February when Avram Grant’s contract expires.

Razak, who was the team’s assistant coach a decade ago, claims it would be wrong if he is over looked by the football association.

"I'm always ready to coach Ghana and it’d be wrong if I'm not given the opportunity. I played for Kotoko and won titles with them as well as coaching them to win several titles including the Ghana Premier League. Now is time to make the entire nation proud," Razak told Otec FM.

"I represented the country as a player and won the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, which also helped me to be adjudged the best player of the continent that year. I want to win the Afcon again as a coach and not with any other country than Ghana.

"I'm not with any club currently because I have seen it all at club level. I want to be the person who will end the country's 35-year run without a title because I have the exposure," he added.

There have been concerns raised by a section of Ghanaians that indigenous coaches lack the charisma to work with the Black Stars but the 60-year-old insists he commands a lot of respect from Ghanaian players.

"There is no Ghanaian player I have coached or met that has shown me disrespect. Either the person is playing in the major leagues in Europe or still in the Ghana Premier League and the reason is simple - I have seen it all and reached the stage many want to be.

"How many Black Stars players have won the African best after me apart from Abedi Pele Ayew? Since 1978 to date, only two Ghanaian players have conquered Africa so I won't be a pushover. I'm a very disciplined coach and my records are there to do the bidding for me."

Razak boasts of 75 caps with the Black Stars, scoring 25 goals. He was selected by Caf as one of the ambassadors for the 2017 Afcon staged in Gabon.