Legendary Ghanaian footballer Abdul Razak 'Golden Boy' has opened up on his journey from Asante Kotoko to New York Cosmos.
The ex-Black Stars player disclosed that Kotoko had initially rejected an offer from the Americans but they later gave in after the Porcupine Warriors were eliminated from the CAF Winners Cup.
"Officials of Cosmos watched the 1978 Cup of Nations and decided to come for me so I directed them to see the Kotoko chairman which they did. At that time I was the skipper of Kotoko so when they came initially, the management refused to allow me to leave. It was later after Burkina Faso side, Kadiago, came to Kumasi to eliminate us from the Cup Winners Cup in 1979 that I was allowed to leave," he told Graphic Sports.
"After the match, Cosmos officials came down with three tickets and we travelled to the USA to sign the contract so that started my professional career," he added.
Razak went on to play for several clubs including Al Ain of UAE and Arab Contractors of Egypt.
"After Cosmos, I returned to Kotoko to play again between 1981 and 1982. I left for Dubai to play for Al Ain FC in 1983 before leaving for Egypt to play for Arab Contractors for two seasons. I then returned to Kotoko again to play between 1985 and 1988 before finally leaving for Africa Sports of Cote d’Ivoire," he added.