Former Ghana defender Anthony Baffoe has refuted claims made by ex-team mate Tony Yeboah that Abedi Pele influenced the decision to hand him the captaincy before the final match at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations.
Pele, the team’s main captain was suspended for the final game against the Ivory Coast and many expected the armband to go to Anthony Yeboah who was then his deputy.
In an interview with GTV, Yeboah narrated that he was shocked at being snubbed for the captaincy and claimed that Baffoe getting the captaincy was due to the influence of Abedi Pele. Yeboah went on to suggest that this triggered unrest in camp and affected the team’s chances in a game they will eventually lose via penalty shootout.
However, Tony Baffoe who is now the CAF Deputy General Secretary has denied Yeboah’s claims and offered his own version of the story.
”To be honest, I was not expecting to be named Black Stars captain. I remember we had a team meeting and Otto Pfister [head coach] announced that Anthony Baffoe is going to captain the team. This is how it got to him,” Baffoe, he told GTV Sports +
”This is something very interesting I am going to tell you now. People thought Abedi, maybe because we were roommates, he never ever mentioned anything about captaincy to me. I can assure you.
”To set the records straight, I saw an interview from Anthony Yeboah when he said that his manager called me to speak to management that I should hand the captaincy to him. Nobody called me. This is not true. This is exactly what I can tell you.
”I remember Alhaji Maikano, the team manager, came to me and said there were rumours going on and I said whoever wants to take the captaincy should come and take it. I’m not keen on captaincy.
”I can only tell you that when I went to Metz after three months I was named captain of the team. I dont think a captain would make you win trophies.”