Story by: Oti-Asirifi Mensah
Karim Abdul Razak Tanko, nicknamed Golden Boy has lashed out at the dead silence that greeted the celebration of the 83rd birthday of his former club Kumasi Asante Kotoko. The former player and coach of the club said the 83rd birthday celebration of Asante Kotoko is meaningless because there was no properly coordinated event to commemorate the occasion. Sounding bitter and disappointed, the 1978 African Footballer of the year said he is not even aware that Kotoko was celebrating some 83 years of football life.
Abdul Razak made these comments in an interview on Skyy Sports Show on Friday August 31, 2018. “ Had it not been your call, I would not have known that today is Kotoko’s birthday, but even so, it is meaningless, no invitation to anybody, no activity like some get together, nothing?”, Razak told host Oti-Asirifi.
Abdul Razak joined Asante Kotoko from Cornerstone in 1976, and rose to stardom, partnering the likes of Addae Kyenkyehene, Opoku Afriyie, Anas Seidu, Willie Klutse, Joe Car etc to win the African Cup for Ghana in 1978, same year in which he was named the continents best footballer. In 2007, Razak was ranked by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2007 as one of the confederation’s 30 best footballers of the previous 50 years.
Razak coached champions Asante Kotoko in 2003/04 football season and led the Kumasi-based side to their first league title in ten years. Three months later, he parted company with the club following disagreements between him and his players.

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