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Bitter Tony Yeboah bemoans losing Ghana captaincy to Tony Baffoe in AFCON 1992 final

Former Black Stars attacker Anthony Yeboah feels disappointed not to have captained the team in the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations finals against Cote d’ Ivoire.

Then the deputy skipper for Ghana, Yeboah surprisingly lost his role in the finals after substantive captain Abedi Pele was suspended.

Just like a normal routine where the deputy takes over in the absence of the captain, the former Frankfurt forward was amazingly sidelined to lead the team in the final with Anthony Baffoe taking over unexpected.

Yeboah who was one of Ghana’s headliners in the 1992 Cup of Nations tournament says he was left in shock after losing his captaincy duties to his teammate (Anthony Baffoe).

“To be honest I was very surprised and at the same time the Kumasi Group (My Group) were also shocked so it was affecting us during the game and I was the assistant captain by then, so when they captain was not there I was supposed to take over,” Anthony Yeboah narrated to GTV Sports plus.

“So my manager from Germany called Tony Baffoe because I brought Tony Baffour to come and play the National team, I was advising him and in the German League I was on top form and captaining Frankfurt so my manager called Tony Baffoe and told him to tell the Management to give the captain back to Yeboah and Tony Baffoe said No, that was before the game.

“He was not supposed to captain and it was a fact, because Kwesi Appiah was the captain and they took the captain for Abedi so there were a couple of senior players and Tony Baffoe was new in the National team. The top people were there, so I think this situation also cost the team because everybody was shocked and the Coach Otto Pfister told us before the game that he had a letter from Ghana that Tony Baffoe has to be the captain, and I don’t know where the letter was from, I don’t know whether it was true or not.

“Everybody was shocked but I motivated the players and told them it was not a problem and that we should go and play but you can see it affected the team. It was in my mind throughout the game, I was trying to score in that game and I even hit the bar but it didn’t work and at the end of the day we lost that particular game.”

Ghana missed the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations title after losing 11-10 on penalty shootout to the Ivory Coast with Anthony Baffoe who captained the team on the day turning to be the villain after missing his kick.

 

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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