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Ghana's 1978 Afcon winner Razak offers solution to current problems

18:15 EAT 12/09/2018
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in Kenya.
The former African Footballer of the Year urges his nation to turn to home-based players in the wake of recent disappointments

Ghana's 1978 Africa Cup of Nations winner Karim Abdul Razak believes home-based players could be the missing element in the country's struggle to perform at top level in recent times.

The Black Stars, four-time African champions, have not won the Afcon since 1982, while their run of four successive appearances at the World Cup ended in 2014 as they failed to qualify for this year's event in Russia. 

The national team has in recent times relied largely on foreign-based players, with only goalkeepers almost always the only guaranteed men to make the roster. 

“For me, we shouldn’t abandon our local players, at least one or two players must be in the squad,” Razak told Zuria FM.

“We have depended a lot on the foreign-based players and they have achieved nothing for us.

"Why can’t we instill confidence in the local players? 

"Many African countries depend on their local players now and so why can’t we do same?"

Razak, popular known as Golden Boy during his heyday, also touched on Ghana's 1-0 loss to Kenya in 2019 Afcon qualifying on Saturday. 

"A lot happened in the game," he said. 

"I don’t want to blame anyone for the defeat. Coaches approach games based on the opponent they are coming up against.

“But sometimes when you know you can’t score in a game, you have to make sure you strengthen your backline so that you will not concede.

"I trust the coaches to turns things around."

Razak is also remembered for leading Asante Kotoko to the Ghana Premier League title in 2003.