Our goal is to win the league –Patrick Razak
...on Hearts of Oak and his Black Stars dream
Patrick Razak, the man behind Phobia’s charge for their first league title in eight years believes that, Accra Hearts of Oak can still make a big impression in this season's Ghana Premier League; if they can keep up the fight, going into the last eight games of the season.
His team had a bright spell in the first round of the season, but have seen their performance dipped in the second. They are currently third on the league table with 36 points, seven points behind league leaders WAFA, but Razak believes there is still hope for the title race. In an interview with the B&FT at the team’s training base in Accra, Razak reiterated his team’s desire to lift the trophy at the end of the season.
“Our aim is to still win the league, so we will continue to fight for every single point in the remaining matches until it is all over and hopefully the trophy will be ours,” he said.
“Personally, I want to win the GPL with Hearts. It is a great feeling playing for Accra Hearts of Oak because Hearts is one of the biggest clubs in Ghana and it is the dream of every upcoming player to play here”.
Razak, who joined the team in the second round of the 2016 season, has become a key member of Accra Hearts of Oak’s setup this campaign. With one goal and 11 assists to his credit, Razak is one of the best players in the Premier League this season.
The player who admires Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and former Benin international Razak Omotoyosi, has seen a quick rise in his career in the domestic league since joining the team.
He is already a member of the local Black Stars which comes on the back of positive displays, including wining the man of the match against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko in the first leg of the Ghana @60 Anniversary Cup.
“Even though,” he noted, “our aim is to win the league, we are not leading the league table as at now, WAFA is leading us now with about seven points so we can’t say we are winning it now, but we are going to give a good fight and we will see what will happen at the end,”
The diminutive attacking winger, capable of playing behind the main striker, says it is important for his team not to drop points in the rest of their fixtures, if they are to achieve their target.
“I will not say we are in a comfortable position, but we are not done yet. Our aim is to win the league title as I have said already and as at now we have eight matches left, so we are aiming to grab all the points in those matches then we will see which position we will be at the end,” he said.
If everything goes according to plan, Accra Hearts of Oak can give themselves a lift in the title race if they can take all three points against Tema Youth at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Just like any footballer, Razak’s biggest dream is to play for the Black Stars and with him already being a member of the local Black Stars which is also known as the Black Stars B, that dream could become a reality soon.
“My aim is to play for my nation, because I’m proud to be Ghanaian,” he explained.
“I am playing for the local Black Stars now, so I just have to keep my focus and give my best, then I will be called to join Black Stars,” he added.
Commenting on his career so far, the pacey attacker who has featured for clubs such as Young Root FC, Gaviate FC, Bazooka FC, Wa Allstars, Tamale Utrecht, as well as a stint in the Namibia league, says at the beginning, things were “very challenging.”
“I faced a lot of challenges from the beginning, he narrated, “but I just keep encouraging myself that I have to move on because I want to be a professional footballer. I always put those things behind me and work towards achieving my dream.”
On where he wants to reach in the next few years, he said his ultimate goal is to play for one of Europe’s biggest clubs, but added that his goal for now is to fulfil his contract with Hearts.
“For now I have a contract with Accra Hearts of Oak, so I want to concentrate and finish with that, then I can think about other offers but the ultimate is to obviously play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe,” he said.
As an offensive midfielder, Razak prefers to operate on the left side of the attacking wing, where he can terrorise defenders with his insane pace, trickery and direct style of play.
“I also want to be a great footballer in the world and I have players that I look up to. Cristiano Ronaldo is the player I really admire most; I like the way he plays and the effort he puts into his training which yields the results in the matches,” he noted.
“At the end of my career,” he concluded, “I want to leave a legacy as Patrick Razak that people will admire so much and look up to in their football career.”