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Players have lost their sense of patriotism - Abdul Razak

Published on: 27 February 2013

By Ameenu Shardow

Ex Ghana great Abdul Razak agrees current day players have lost the real essence of playing for the national team in the wake of the premature retirement of the Ayew brothers.

The Marseille duo have decided to withdraw their services to the Black Stars after being dropped for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

While Andre says problems with the team’s management has affected him ‘emotionally and psychologically’ to  the extent he ‘cannot give off his best’ his younger brother also wants assurance of regular call ups before making himself available for the Black Stars.

And Razak who was part of Ghana’s African Cup winning squad in 1978 now says the patriotic bit of playing for the national team is completely lost on modern day players.

“Now you cannot compare our time to the present day,” he told Accra-based Hot FM.

“The money aspect is there so they can decide not to play.

“In our time we, ran at a chance to play for the national team because if you don’t your position will be at risk.

“It is however not the same now and that is sad.”

The news of the retirement of the two brothers has sharply divided opinions in Ghana with many insisting the sons of Ghana legend Abedi Pele be left alone.

There is however a muted sense moves ought to be made by authorities to bring back the Olympique Marseille players as their quality will help the Black Stars in upcoming assignments.


This article has 26 comment(s), give your comment
  • KNK says:
    February 27, 2013 06:43 pm
    Dude, what did the GFA do to be blamed for the failure of the BS especially @AFCON2013. I keep reading everyone blaming them without telling why they are to blame. the world and football is changing and if the called up players don't do same as well as we the supporters all the small nations shall beat us cos they are hungry and therefore committed and have a lot of patriotism to go with it which we lack in the country as a whole.Golden Boy,you're right on the money and you know what you're talking about.
  • KNK says:
    February 27, 2013 06:33 pm
    Shame on you!!!!!!!! Did Nyantakyie wear a jersey or was he giving instructions on the touchline or the locker room? Stop blaming others for the wrongs that these players do. there are a lot of good players out there and if they're retiring leave them be. When the frog comes out of the river to announce the death of the crocodile, here you are sitting under the odom tree and blaming it on the fisherman's wife instead of the fisherman whom you saw hitting the crocodile.
  • KNK says:
    February 27, 2013 06:22 pm
    Do you really believe that the best players were not invited? Name them besides those who were not available like Muntari. We always blame someone for our short comings when we should be telling the truth. what will be the benefit of devolving the GFA? Gyan had to be begged cos of what we did to him after AFCON and WC but what have been done to these spoilt brats other than Coachito standing his grounds on truancy? Could these two have done any better than Wakaso,Atsu, Adomah and co who were having their first major assignment?
  • Egya atta says:
    February 27, 2013 06:10 pm
    Ghana is bigger than those two black players are just jokin with the nation.what hav the so call ayew family done for the black star. No trophy,nothing and you guys think without them black star is lie bad who are they,they are like empty calabash that float in water
  • cool says:
    February 27, 2013 05:53 pm
    Razak, I admire your comment but you failed to address the 'cancer' and what is causing these players to retire prematurely.During your days ('Yes Sir, Yes Yes days) you accepted the status quo by not challenging authority and the reason the same evils persist in the GFA today.The bribery, corruption and mismanagement is still lurking around.We are now in the 21st century(We no go sit down make them cheate us every day years)every player has the right to snub the BS if they they see unjustice being done.I support these temporary resignation to continue, till someone will hold the the GFA and their cronies reponsible and accountable for the mess they have created.
  • Danny says:
    February 27, 2013 05:48 pm
    no player should be begged to play for the national. no player does anyone a favour by playing for the national team. they are rewarded with huge bonuses at the expense of the poor man's tax money
  • masani says:
    February 27, 2013 05:28 pm
    the coach has no any patriotism in his heart to call better players,then wat r u waiting from the players.....
  • Danny says:
    February 27, 2013 05:39 pm
    no player is indispensable,hence, no player should be begged to play for the national. there are better issues confronting than football. just look at how Black Stars player enjoy huge bonuses at the expense of the poor man tax.
  • Ghanasoccernet sucks says:
    February 27, 2013 05:41 pm
    Razaz is a fool!Oflijato
  • Lukers says:
    February 27, 2013 04:56 pm
    Ah! its a shame to hear that Jordan wants an assurance before coming to play, this tells it all that, he cant compete in a competitive arena in the mist of better players.
  • masani says:
    February 27, 2013 05:20 pm
    well said, i wish they read n take some advice from the voice of Ghanaians,we GHANAIANS always pray for the team and the GFA eat n chop the MONEY..MONEY...we earn nothing from the money but just what we want is HAPPINES to go out n be proud of my blackstar so GFA be wise,
  • Idan says:
    February 27, 2013 05:09 pm
    I think we should let them go away afterall we have abt 24million people in Ghana that the coach can call to play for blackstar including me,idan,dr whoa
  • Kwame says:
    February 27, 2013 04:49 pm
    And where is the patriotism of the Ghana mafia (GFA)? Instead of calling up our best players, they let petty jealousies and cronyism influence their decisions. Anyone who is surprised at these retirements is naive. Where else has a player been forced to make a public apology for protesting a substitution? Dede and Jordan work much harder on the pitch for Ghana than Gyan, and yet he was begged to return to the squad after retiring and made captain, which is a slap in the face to all Black Stars supporters, especially after his lazy performance at the AFCON. The GFA should be dissolved, but they would only be replaced with another set of corrupt bureaucrats.
  • Dick says:
    February 27, 2013 04:13 pm
    I support u, brother. I think the question we should be asking ourselves is why are our best players retiring prematurely or temporarily retiring from the national team? There is a BIG problem. And GFA should concentrate on resolving that.
  • PENDRIVE says:
    February 27, 2013 04:05 pm
    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, we do not know the one telling the truth now. God dey they watch the evil doers. God Bless Ghana, God bless our motherland.
  • Ghanapaba says:
    February 27, 2013 03:14 pm
    I wonder the kind of journalism in this country. this statement is misleading "his younger brother also wants assurance of regular call ups before making himself available for the Black Stars." The actual statement reads "he reason being that in this period of my temporary absence I intend not only to work hard in my club as a young player so I can obtain the quality, experience and stature necessary for a call up to play in the national team, but also ensure that my membership of the national team when I soon come out of my temporary resignation endures in a more secure manner so as to avoid the situation where I am unsure as to when my services are required for the national team." God Bless our homeland Ghana
  • kuukuphilly says:
    February 27, 2013 02:48 pm
    Razak is spot more passion from these generation of of players.LET THEM GOOOOO GO NA YABR3.
  • Askantwi says:
    February 27, 2013 02:56 pm
    Deed,you are a disgrace to Ghanaians.
  • tank God we are nt zambians says:
    February 27, 2013 02:31 pm
    why did u say all dis wen asamoah gyan did da same? ghana football is dieing slowly tanks to our leaders.God is watching dem all
  • Ghanas Son says:
    February 27, 2013 02:25 pm
    It is rather the GFA who is making players loose interest in the team. Even supporters like me are thinking twice about supporting the current team because of management. Black stars will become like the local league soon, uninteresting!! because of selfish people going against the will of Ghanaians. I was blaming Kwasi Appiah before, but I have realized that, it is rather the GFA. The voice of the people is the voice of God. Selfish GFA
  • dede says:
    February 27, 2013 02:07 pm
    Golding boy as u where called in those days i think u should blame Nyantakyi and his corrupt gangs than blaming present day players.there is a big problem and massive corruption in the F.A camp.Razak u know it i know it every sensible person know it so there is no cause for alarm.u guys should tell the truth and stop beating about the bush.
  • pito says:
    February 27, 2013 07:39 pm
    instead of addressing the issue which is lack of trust among even the blackstar players you are here saying "wombo biem a wo nko" . what if we wake up tomorrow and kwadwo asamoah has also resigned temporally? you will still say " wo mbo biem a wonko". what sense is in that?
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    February 27, 2013 07:41 pm
    There we go. The same old argument again: "Black Stars are bigger than Ayews", "There was a Black Stars before their retirement,so there will be a Black Stars afterwards" These are stupid arguments! Yes,the Black stars have always been and will always be, but if we want to make the nation proud; if we want to hold the flag high of Ghana, if we want Ghana and Africa to be respected around the whole world, Then we need our best players to play! Simple as ABC! So Muntari, Essien, Prince and the Ayews will have to return! Or do you think we can beat Germany, Italy, Argentina etc with players like derek boateng, adomah, rabiu etc?
  • kiki says:
    February 27, 2013 08:20 pm
    the problem is management. So you think the players should run and play for the country even though things are bad with the people at the head of affairs? i dont think so!!! no player should be begged to play for Ghana but at the same time no player should be guilt tripped to play for Ghana either. Nowadays soccer is not about national pride anymore, its a big business because national pride would not put food on the table for you. GF need to fix shit otherwise we are not going to the world cup and if we dont go, i would be soo mad. i want to go and watch it in Brazil.
  • a concerned citizen says:
    February 27, 2013 09:33 pm
    This is the time for negotiations and compromise from both parties who are involved in this saga. The world cup qualifying series is just around the corner and the BS need unity to move forward.The G.F.A and the stake holders must put their acts together and to help solve the problem amicably. I would like to encourage fans not to insult either side. When you insult they are going to get hurt and they will never recind their decision. Eventually, it will have an adverse effect on the Black Stars. Why can't we play a neutral role to resolve this issue peacefully? We need all of them so the BS can move forward.
  • maka says:
    February 27, 2013 11:45 pm
    When my folks like POW and Slimzay talk like this, it makes me cringe in fear and stutter with anger! Look, read what Mr. [email protected] has written. Coah Akwasi Appiah inherited a team that had bonded in unity and done exploits at the FIFA mundial 2010 world cup in south Africa...just 2 years ago. Akwasi Appiah was there and saw it all...the unity, bond, commitment, etc. Yet, he took over this team and we are all living witnesses of what he has done to an amazing team that just needed to bolster a few departments rather than try to dissolve the whole team and bring in "HIS own" team! What have we achieved eventually? Disunity, disenchantment, misunderstandings, cronyism, bias..etc. I wonder whichever circle of soccer has ever forced a player to apologize publicly to a coach, cos the player threw tantrums or acted badly on the pitch. Ei, if such a small issue couldn't be handled, then these idiots were really foolish trying to chase balotelli and even kpb! Can any of you guys question Andre's commitment? This was someone who played with a shoulder injury in Angola...he sweats blood for the country. He has never had any issue with any coach whatsoever...not with Selas Tetteh, not with Leroy...not in France! Some Ghanaians can't either analyze things well.....or its either they come here to defend the GFA uselessly..or even...maybe they are GFA staff using fake names! The issues brewing in the blackstars have to be addressed from the top down, not bottom up! If Andre never had any issues with any coach or management, and is having issues with Akwasi APPIAH, why shouldn't concerned people like us question what's going on? Assuming slimzay or pow have never had a history of stealing, and suddenly, they get a new manager who is accusing them of stealing, won't the peers or coworkers of these people question what the new manager is alluding to? Akwasi Appiah is not running blackstars. This guy has become a puppet..and let me tell you, are gradually eroding the legacy you've built. Some sponsorship companies I know are all weighing their options, and it shall soon be said that it was during the time of Nyantakyi, with Akwasi Appiah as coach and Saanie Daara as spokesperson...that's when you guys plunged Ghana again into the dark years of soccer! What folly is this! You guys are making the black stars unattractive anymore, and soon, no one will want to will sweat for sponsorships, all won't get chop chop again! Who is so stupid to play qualifiers.....and then be dropped over a stupid, flimsy thing for those who did not sweat to come and enjoy? Why did the coach not call clottey, solomon asante, etc to come play the qualifiers? You let these dudes sweat blood to qualify us,...then you call mediocre players like Awal, Kissi Boateng, etc to go for the tournament! We all live to see....cos after Frimpong also realizes the rot in there, he will also chill! All the sweat and blood of players like Stephen Appiah and ESSIEN is now gonna be history as we prepare to enter the abyss of soccer. Thats what has happened to Cameroon now idiots! It happened to Nigeria...and its coming to us if some fools are not forced out of office! We have a month to the qualifiers..and we are all watching....and we shall see what the GFA will come and tell sponsors afterwards..cos nobody wants a losing or mediocre side o! Soon, the team wont even get quality friendlies to play, cos nobody wants mediocre teams as well! What kinda folly is this? Is the black man stupid or slow...or both? Akwasi Appiah....we all know you are punching above your weight! Player selections, mismanagement, wrong positions, wrong substitutions, uncertain formation, inability to read games or change formation, no inspiration to players,...and the list goes on! Can GFA tell us what their so called SWOT analysis yielded? Look, its only a matter of time...and we shall all see the true length of the frog after it dies! The more a team becomes unattractive, the more players shy away...and the more the pedigree of the team goes down....then nobody wants to play us or sponsor us...then supporters give up..and a whole lot! All GFA has been asked to do for Ghanaians is simple: manage the players...and call players based on merit....treat players well/respect them....and play them in their right positions! This too, GFA/coach/technical team...this too you can't do? And yet we say the blackman can manage his own affairs! Look at Germany, Spain, etc....playing their best....while in Africa, as if folly originated from there....even with the right materials available...they will take mediocre/useless ones to compete with the best....then come up with bullshit excuses! You guys at the FA should just wait and see....soon...nobody bother to support the b.stars...but then, some of us will make sure that those who are responsible answer for everything that happened and destroyed the stars! Akwasi Appiah never won anything as captain...and during his time...there was no unity in the black stars! This alone should have been motivation enough for him to manage egos, bring the boys together....and psych them up to play well....but rather, he has allowed what led to the demise of the previous blackstars to creep into the current crop; and that alone is unpardonable for a coach! Seriously....we must all understand that most of the time, players play for their it or not...players do play for coaches! And now, nobody wants to play under him...yes, we are heading back to those dark days when we were not even a powerhouse anymore...and we have made the sweat of stephen appiah be in vain! Idiots...God punish you all....and soon, we shall deal with all the FA members and coach! Akwasi Appiah, better resign...because gradually, the players are unwilling to play for you...they won't say it...but it will show soon. We all didn't even know which role Agyeman Badu played at the 2013 AFCON -----striker? offensive midfielder? what? As the tournament went on, we saw he became disinterested! Woe unto GFA if we don't qualify for the world cup! Seriously....woe....! Why and how Sellas Tetteh wasn't given the blackstars job to date beats me! We did not find Sellas worthy to be given the job, but deemed Akwasi Appiah more worthy to have the job...right? And after understudying 3 different coaches....the results are there for us to see....breaking up teams instead unifying them...etc! It still beats me....learning nothing after being assistant to all these coaches...and yet, Sellas wasn't deemed fit! Some black men are fools...really....and the leaders at the FA are chief examples! They should hope their tenureship of appointments don't come! Nonsense! Unfortunately, old people like Afranie and Razak are also displaying how archaic their thoughts are! The same Afranie who said build blackstars using local players turns to say call KPB and Sulley! And now see Razak too?....twiaaaa! When Akwasi Appiah should be watching champions league games to learn a thing or two, he rather goes watching kotoko and sony nguema games to look for players! Akwasi Appiah, if there were quality players in the local league, you would have spotted some long ago! You know the kotoko, hearts, know all the teams inside out...and you know all the quality players are outside! Stop the foolery and learn to manage players well them, talk to them ...treat them well with respect....and they will play for u even when they are dieing! This coach is sinking the team..and let all of you sit there until it collapses! Why is the blackman so foolish!? Beats me!