Former Ghana Coach Otto Pfister has finally broken his silence on a captaincy row in the Black Stars camp during the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.
Pfister was close to making history as the first expatriate to win the Cup of Nations title with the Black Stars after supervising the team to the finals only to lose to Cote d’ Ivoire on penalties.
A captaincy dispute however emerged after the finals which many believed caused the team to miss out on the title due to some differences among the players especially between deputy skipper Anthony Yeboah and defender Anthony Baffoe.
Yeboah who was expected to lead the team in the finals after General captain Abedi Pele had been suspended lost his position to Baffoe who was a new entrant in the team.
This however sparked lots of issues with several revelations popping up after the tournament.
Otto Pfister who took the decision has explained the reason behind his choice on the day.
“So I thought, to keep out this problem, and maybe it was a mistake, 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 one of the linesmen also spoke French. Just like Abedi who speaks English and French, but Tony Yeboah speaks English and German, and I had to make a choice so I chose Baffoe.
“But Tony Baffoe was also a great player; he played in Dusseldorf and also played with Metz in France. But beyond all that, he was the most neutral. He was absolutely neutral, that’s why I gave him the captaincy.
He however apologized to Anthony Yeboah for his decision to strip him off his role.
“But this was not why we lost the final. It was 28 years ago and I’m sorry to Tony Yeboah for this but I think it wasn’t such a big problem.”
Ghana since 1982 is yet to win a Cup of Nations title coming close in 1992, 2010 and 2015 where the team lost in the finals in all three occasions.