How I got the name Golden Boy – Abdul Razak

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Black Stars legend, Abdul Razak, popularly known as the ‘Golden Boy’ has explained how he got the name some forty years ago while playing for the Stars.

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Golden Boy Abdul Razak, who was named African player of the year in 1978 enjoyed an illustrious career with The Black Stars and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Speaking on how he got the name, he said;

“I scored a brace for Ghana during the second leg in Accra and I learnt that in the course of his commentary,” the former Kotoko star told Graphic Sports Online.

“I don’t know if it was because of my colour or the skilful manner in which I controlled and distributed the ball, split defenders apart to create goal-scoring chances, or scored goals that made him call me so.

“The following day I saw my pictures splashed in Daily Graphic with the accolade ‘Golden Boy’.

“The name stuck like a leech and it became a?household one, especially during the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations where I played very well and scored one of the best goals in the tournament during the semi-final match against World Cup-bound Tunisia.

”In the match against Tunisia, Harry Thompson described me as the Golden Boy, scoring a Golden Goal to qualify Ghana to play against Uganda in the grand final.”

“My goal against Tunisia was a nice one by all standards, and Harry Thompson was beside himself with a lot of descriptive words. The following day my name and pictures were all over the newspapers, especially Daily Graphic”

Written by Eli Avot

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