Razak: I am ready for Hearts job

BY: George Ernest Asare
Coach Abdul Karim Razak

Former Asante Kotoko coach Abdul Karim Razak has indicated his availability for the vacant Hearts of Oak head coach job, saying he is ready to help reverse the club's dwindling fortunes.

The Hearts top job became vacant following the resignation of their Serbian coach Kosta Papic who has since taken up the role of technical director of South African Premier football League side, Black Leopards.

Razak believes his previous ties as a player and coach of Kotoko would not in any way come between his capacity to do a very professional job and his desire to achieve results. He says his sense of professionalism would endear him to the Hearts faithful if given the job.

He said Hearts' most successful coach, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, provides ample example of how a true professional's past ties do not matter when handed such a task to perform.

“The late Jones Attuquayefio was a former player and coach of Accra Great Olympics but later in his career, he became the most decorated coach of Hearts of Oak [Attuquayefio led Hearts to win four consecutive Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the CAF Champions League, African Super Cup and the CAF Confederation Cup].

Yaw Preko also played for Hearts but he coached Great Olympics to defeat Hearts in a recent Premier League match. Coach Josef Emmanuel Sarpong, the late Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie, David Duncan, Paa Kwesi Fabian, Abdul Karim Zito among others have worked for different clubs in Ghana to achieve results,"  Razak told the Graphic Sports.

Hearts have appointed the club's under-15 team coach, Samuel Nii Noi, as a caretaker coach as they look for a substantive head coach.
For Razak, who engaged in many battles with Hearts both as a player and coach of Kotoko, says he would not hesitate to take up the vacant job.  

"If they approach me and the offer is good, I will accept it to prove my worth for Hearts,” added the man who coached Kotoko to win the Ghana Premier League in 2003 and also handled teams in Mali and the Republic of Benin.

“I played for and coached Kotoko, but we are in a professional era so I can earn a living with other football clubs because they will pay my monthly salary and not Kotoko. So if Hearts need my services, I will readily go and work for them, or any other club that needs my services,” explained the 63-year-old.