Ghana ex Black Stars player Razak Abdul Karim has indicated that managing the Ghana U20 males team, the Black Satellites is his priority.
The 1978 African Footballer of the Year, Abdul Karim, aged 61 who helped Ghana win the 1978 African Cup of Nations said he is looking forward to being handed the managerial role at the youth side as he is ready to help the Black Satellites returns back to its glory.
He told kickgh.com in an exclusive interview; “I was very confident of getting the Black Stars coaching job when I submitted my application, but unfortunately I could not get it”.
“I was very much happy when my countryman (Kwesi Appiah) was given the top coaching job by the Ghana FA. I know he is going to live up to expectations following his reappointment ahead of all the applicants for the hot seat”, he continued.
Karim added; “My attention is now on the U20 national male team and I am looking forward to get the opportunity to coach the lads at the youth level having missed the chance to manage the Black Stars so far”.
”I would say the Black Satellites coaching role remains my topmost priority and I do not expect the Ghana FA to overlook me for the job. I am always ready to handle a national team and I think it is now my turn to do so”, he was quick to say.
He also talked about his personal traits that makes him the best candidate for the job saying;
“I have been with different set of players at any club that I have coached before and one thing that I have taken notice when I am with these lads is that they always feel excited to be around me right after our training sessions”.
“You will see us playing joyfully and some will be saying coachee… coachee… we want our winning bonuses to be increased and you must try and convince management to do so on our behalf”, the ex Ghanaian international indicated.
“Some even go to the extent of saying we want to come and eat in your house so tell your wife to be ready for us. In fact, I believe with these cordial relationship the playing body will always be ready and play their hearts out for you as a coach”, he said.
He concluded by saying; “So I think with this my managerial skills in honing talents, the lads will feel more comfortable playing under my care at their youthful level and they will realize their potentials as upcoming players”.