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Black Stars still suffering from 1992 captaincy row – Koku Anyidoho

(Top L to R) Ghana's defender Baba Rahman, Ghana's midfielder Mubarak Wakaso, Ghana's defender Jospeh Aidoo, Ghana's goalkeeper Richard Ofori, Ghana's defender John Boye, Ghana's midfielder Thomas Partey, Ghana's forward Jordan Ayew, (bottom L to R) Ghana's forward Owusu Kwabena, Ghana's midfielder Andre Ayew, Ghana's midfielder Samuel Owusu and Ghana's defender Andy Yiadom pose for a group picture during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group F football match between Guinea-Bissau and Ghana at the Suez Stadium in the north-eastern Egyptian city on July 2, 2019. (Photo by fadel senna / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Former deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress Koku Anyidoho has said that the Black Stars is yet to recover from the captaincy row that rocked the team in 1992.

Anyidoho is of the view that the captaincy saga that the team suffered in the tournament has created a lasting impact on the team and led to divisions in the team.

He explained in a Starr FM interview that the disunity then has irreparably damaged the team.

“Whatever happened to us in Senegal 92 has eaten into the very fabric of the national team. How we are going to get out of what happened in Senegal. How Kwesi Appiah was stripped of the captaincy with the excuse that he could not speak French.”

“The things that happened on the field when Abedi was sent off. Everybody knew Tony Yeboah was deputy, but suddenly, the captain’s band was given to Tony Baffoe and it has gone on and on,” he said.

Ghana’s first major captaincy row was witnessed in that tournament when the captaincy was stripped off Kwasi Appiah and given to Abedi Pele.

It is understood that the move by the management of the team destroyed the unity in the team’s camp with some players feeling jilted.

Things worsened when in the absence of Abedi Pele, the role was handed to Tony Baffoe instead of the deputy, Tony Yeboah.

The repercussions of that decision went beyond the tournament with allegations of hostile relations existing between Kwasi Appiah and Abedi Pele.

Written by Kweku Eshun

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