1978 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner Abdul “The golden boy” Razak has rubbished claims of a curse being the cause of the Black Stars’ bareness since 1982.
The government prior to the AFCON in 1978 promised each member of the squad an estate should they succeed. The squad eventually won the trophy but the government was unable to fulfill the promise.
Members of the squad has since then expressed their disappointment at the government’s inability to fulfill the promise.
Other winning squads such as the 1963, the 1965, the 1982 winning squads have also suffered similar fate.
Ghana’s trophy drought has been attributed to numerous reasons, with some sect belonging to a school of thought that says the disappointed winning squads cursed the national team, but 1978 African best player Abdul Razak has rubbished those claims.
“Why do people keep saying that Black Stars have been cursed. Who says a player has cursed the team that Ghana will not win any cup if the housing promises made to us are not fulfilled.”
“Nobody has laid curses on anybody, it’s their guilty conscience that’s killing them. Anytime something goes wrong they tend to remember that they made promises that have not been fulfilled.”
“They should honor their promises if they believe that’s working against the team and everybody will be free from the so-called bondage, it’s just simple. So for me I don’t buy into this myth that Ghana will not win any trophy if the government continues to ignore us. If that’s the case like we’d come out openly to say it. Me per say will say it without blinking because nobody can harm me.”
Although the government in 2014 presented the four AFCON winning squads a cheque of 1.7 million cedis ($540,000 US dollars) as compensation, the squads still remain dissatisfied.