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AFCON 92: Tony Baffoe was the most neutral player in camp

Sporting activities Information of Saturday, 20 June 2020

Source: Ghana Soccernet


Tony Baffoe was named as the captain to lead the Black Stars in the 1992 AFCON finalTony Baffoe was named as the captain to lead the Black Stars in the 1992 AFCON last

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Former Ghana coach Otto Pfister has disclosed his reason for handing around the captain’s armband to Tony Baffoe in the ultimate of AFCON 92 and not deputy captain Tony Yeboah.

28-many years soon after Ghana lost the Nations Cup to Ivory Coastline in Senegal, several factors have been provided for why the Black Stars lost the Cup, which includes a captaincy row.

Abedi Pele who was substantive captain of the team missed the closing right after finding up his second yellow card in the semifinals in opposition to Nigeria.

Tony Yeboah was the deputy captain and predicted to be handed the arm band in the remaining match, but the German tactician had to make a U-change and hand more than the management of the team to Baffoe.

“Team handling is one of the most complicated duties of a soccer coach. But in Ghana, it is a unique condition with this clan [sic] issue: there are the Ashantis and the Ga-Adangbe people, Kumasi individuals and Accra persons,” German coach Pfister instructed Citi Athletics.

“So I thought, to retain out this issue, and maybe it was a error, but I gave Tony Baffoe the captain’s armband because he was from Germany and he was out of this whole clan thing. That is why I gave him the captaincy.

“Baffoe also spoke French and just one of the linesmen also spoke French. Just like Abedi who speaks English and French, but Tony Yeboah speaks English and German, and I experienced to make a alternative so I selected Baffoe.

“But Tony Baffoe was also a excellent participant he performed in Dusseldorf and also performed with Metz in France. But past all that, he was the most neutral. He was completely neutral, that’s why I gave him the captaincy.

Ghana missing to the Ivorians in a marathon penalty shootout. Otto Pfister insists the four periods African champions did not eliminate the competitiveness simply because of the captaincy problem.

“But this was not why we dropped the ultimate. It was 28 years ago and I’m sorry to Tony Yeboah for this but I feel it was not these a significant challenge.”

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