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My contract with Etoile Filante has ended'' - Razak Abdul Karim told Kickgh.com Featured

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The former Stade Malien coach has parted ways with the Togolese second-tier side following the expiration of his year deal this season

Ghana legend Razak Abdul Karim has confirmed to Kickgh.com that he has ended his one-year contract deal with Togolese second division club Etoile Filante having joined them in 2019.

The 1978 African Footballer of the Year expressed his satisfaction over the year stint with the lower-tier outfit and is now looking forward to staging a comeback in the dugout very soon.

''My contract with Etoile Filante has ended and l am now back home,'' the 56-year-old Nations Cup Winner told Kickgh.com

''I would say the job l did there was satisfactory to myself as well as the entire management members of the club,''

''Although there were many challenges with regards to the assembling of our first team squad prior to the start of the league season,''

''But we managed to use the available materials at our disposal and kick-started the campaign ,''

''We started pre-season very well with our trusted team squad and only for us to be told by the Togolese FA that most of our players have been disqualified over registration as a result of CMS infraction and it did really affected our plans,''

''But in all we did our best to use the rest of the qualified players for our season and that also had a negative impact on our outings at the beginning of the term following unfavourable match outcomes at the early stages of the season ,''

''Although we started gathering some steam in garnering results as the league was growing before the season was halted due to the covid-19 pandemic crisis."

Razak, who is currently unattached, says he is ready to take up a coaching role with any club being it local or foreign.

''I have had enough time to rest, so l am making myself available to any club whether foreign or local for a coaching role,''

''I still have the coaching capabilities in me and l want to still continue impacting them on the available talented players who wish to follow in my footsteps in their footballing careers especially those  on the local scene,''

The 1978 African Footballer of the year also spoke of his everlasting dreams of handling a national team with the west African powerhouse.

''I still harbour the dreams of coaching the national teams as l think it has been long overdue on me,'' he asserted.

''Since leaving the Black Stars team as an assistant coach, I have still not gotten the chance to manage any of the national teams and this is something the Ghana FA must look into and hands me any of the national side to manage,''

'' Preferrably the U17 and the U20 teams can still be given to me to coach as I have been starved over them for far too long having been applying when the need arises.'' he lamented.

''Golden Boy'' as being nicknamed by football fans guided Asante Kotoko to win their first Ghana Premier League title following a decade of trophyless campaign in 2003.

By Hassan Alhassan










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