Razak rebuilds after private life troubles


The Bloemfontein Celtic striker struck twice in the Nedbank Cup win over Mbombela United on Sunday as he made a welcome return after missing the last four games.

With Celtic playing Chiefs tonight at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium and then Pirates in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals next Saturday, the Burundian forward will be looked upon for goals in a team that has the worst strike force to date.

“It always feels good to score, especially in a team like ours that hasn’t been scoring many goals. Actually it is more of a relief,” Razak tells KickOff.com.

“Those goals will surely provide some level of confidence going forward considering that I haven’t been playing so much and not been at the level that I want to be due to a variety of reasons,” he notes.

An ankle injury and an eye infection have been the latest hindrances to his time in South Africa in a series of troubles headlined by his dramatic split from his wife.

“With regards to the eye which led to me not being able to see clearly, it was an allergy which is why the doctor gave me the injection. The biggest problem was with my ex-wife who was fighting me since my time at Mamelodi Sundowns. I went through countless meetings with club officials to try and solve the issues that I had with her because she was really out to destroy me. Based on what she did I think she really wanted me dead and went as far as reporting me to the cops with a fake claim that I had a gun at home. Imagine the cops even came to search my place. Luckily an agreement that I signed for was reached and she has left now.

“I think she took advantage of the fact that we were married in community of property. However, I couldn’t be a slave forever and allow her to end my career seeing that this is what she was out to see happening with me. All these troubles with her started during the time when I was playing in Kenya and I couldn’t allow for this to keep on going like this,” reveals the 25-year-old in an emotional interview.