Former Kumasi Cornerstone and Asante Kotoko midfield great, Abdul-Karim Razak, has expressed his profound gratitude to the two Kumasi-based clubs for offering him the opportunity to become the best in Africa in his generation.
He said while Cornerstone gave him the platform to develop his potential, it was Kotoko that enhanced his market value and propelled him to realise his ambition as a great footballer worldwide.
“While Corners gave me the platform to develop my potential as a footballer, Kotoko was the team that propelled me to realise my ambition as a potent footballer worldwide,” the 1978 African Best Footballer told the Daily Graphic newspaper in an exclusive interview.
Razak, who joined Cornerstone after graduating from Middle School in 1972, joined Kotoko four years later.
Explaining why he joined Cornerstone instead of Kotoko at a tender age, Razak revealed that he wanted to have more playing time to enable him to develop his talent more meaningfully.
“In Corners, they allowed me more playing time to develop my potential fully, but Kotoko had more seasoned players in those days,” he stressed.
When questioned why he joined Kotoko at a time Cornerstone needed his services most, Razak explained that some teams have the ability to propel to players to higher levels, hence his decision to play for the Porcupine Warriors to increase his market value.
"Financially, Cornerstone was not up to Kotoko's level, so I joined Kotoko for that purpose. When I was with Corners, I was also playing for the Black Stars and met many Kotoko players in the national team and competed favourably with them. I went to Kotoko when I realised that some of the players were fading off,” he explained further
Razak debunked the perception that Kotoko misused good players who signed for them, and described such claims as mere fantasy.
“The perception that Kotoko allows players to rot and destroy their potential is only a fantasy. This was because I would have been accepted in Kotoko at a tender age, but decided to be in Corners to bait them.
“When I joined Kotoko, I met very good players, but because I had exceptional qualities, I secured a place in the team and played regularly to the admiration of the technical team, management and the numerous fans,” he stated.