Former Ghana coach Otto Pfister has apologised to Ex-Ghana international Anthony Yeboah over controversies surrounding Ghana’s failure to win the 1992 African Cup of Nation.
The German tactician was in charge of the Black Stars in the tournament that saw Ghana lose 11-10 on penalties to Ivory Coast in the final.
Skipper Abedi Ayew Pele was suspended from final after picking a booking in Ghana’s semifinal win over Nigeria, meaning Anthony Yeboah then-assistant captain of the team will lead the charge against Ivory Coast.
But the latter was ignored for the role as Pfister chose Anthony Baffoe to lead the team which eventually lost the title.
Recently, Yeboah has accused Baffoe of scheming to earn the captaincy which contributed to the team’s loss, but Otto Pfister has opened up on circumstances leading to his decision to Baffoe.
In an interview with Citi FM, the German coach said there was a ‘clan thing’ in the Black Stars hence his decision to go for Baffoe who was based in Germany.
“Team handling is one of the most difficult duties of a football coach. But in Ghana, it’s a special situation with this clan thing: there are the Ashantis and the Ga-Adangbe people, Kumasi people and Accra people, ”
“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”, Pfister told Citi FM.
He insisted that Tony Baffoe was a great talent and appeared most neutral, reason he handed him the captain’s armband.
“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.
The highly-rated German gaffer disagreed with the notion that the team lost over the captaincy.
“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.”
Since 1992 Ghana has made two AFCON final appearances but both ended in defeat for the West Africa country.