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Sports News of Sunday, 31 May 2020


Baffoe rubbishes Tony Yeboah's claims on 1992 AFCON captaincy

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Ghana legend Anthony Baffoe has rubbished the claims of his former team-mate, Anthony Yeboah, that his manager spoke to the former defender to reject the Black Stars captaincy at the final of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations and hand it over to the striker.

Yeboah revealed on Saturday that he was shocked and angry that he didn't captain the Black Stars for the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations final in Senegal and claiming he even got his manager to talk to Baffoe to reject the chance of leading the team.

With substantive captain Abedi Pele suspended for the final match against Ivory Coast, Yeboah who was the assistant, was expecting that he would lead the team into the final.

However, management took the decision to hand over the captain's armband to Baffoe which infuriated Yeboah who says his manager spoke with Baffoe to reject management's decision.

But Baffoe insists that Yeboah's claims that his manager was in contact over management's decision 'is not true' insisting it is not unusual in football for captains to be changed.

"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," Baffoie told GTV Sports on Sunday.

"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 don't think a captain would make you win trophies.''

Recounting the incident, Yeboah said then-coach Otto Pfister told the team a letter came from Ghana that Tony Baffoe should be captain. According to him, the team was affected during the game.