Ghana lost 1992 African Cup of nations final because of misunderstanding of who should captain
Anthony Yeboah explains in detail all the problems that caused Ghana Black Stars to lose the 1992 AFCON final.
The ex Stars striker disclosed to Media General [Onua TV], he identified two problems that caused Ghana to fail in the final.
A dominant force to reckon with on the African stage in the early 90’s, Ghana lost it bragging rights to it neighbor in 1992.
In a thrilling final against Ivory Coast, Black Stars lost on penalty shoot out [11-10], making their rivals champions of Africa.
The defeat sparked wild allegations from Ghanaians, accusing the players of lacking harmony among themselves.
When quizzed about what actually made Ghana lost the game, Yeboah explained to Onua TV saying:
“Prior to the tournament, Akwesi Appiah was the captain of the team. But, things changed. Abedi Pele was named the new captain for the team and me [Anthony Yeboah] as vice skipper.”
“We all understood and played together to the final stage. In the final Abedi was suspended because to double yellow cards. “
“As preparations were underway for the final, the coach [Otto Pfister] said a letter has come from Ghana that Anthony Baffoe should captain the team in the final.”
“Nobody knew who sent that letter, but it made the whole squad divided going into the game.”
In addition, Yeboah added that Abedi Pele’s absence was also a major blow for the nation as it also contributed to low confidence.
The two time Bundesliga top scorer further revealed that he has no grudges with former teammate Anthony Baffoe.
“I do call him and ask of how he’s doing. We are still good friends,” Yeboah said.
The Black Stars have won the African title four times in their history [1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982].