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Ex-Ghana star Tony Baffoe makes history, becomes first African in World Cup final

Published on: 13 July 2014
The diplomat's son Anthony Baffoe (right) jokes with Germany player Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Ex-Ghana defender Tony Baffoe made history on Sunday when he became the first blackman to lead out two teams in a World Cup final as he led Germany and Argentina onto the pitch in the final match of the tournament in Brazil.

Baffoe, who is the FIFA general coordinator for matches at the Maracana in Rio during the 2014 World Cup, led the two teams onto the pitch minutes before the kick-off.

The Ghanaian subsequently gave the directives to the referee to kick-off the match with millions of people watching the game worldwide in the world biggest sporting event.

He becomes the first blackman and African to be handed such a big responsibility at the World Cup.

"This is an incredibly exciting task. The entire world is looking at us and I am sure we have got it under control," Baffoe said.

FIFA gave Baffoe the chance to be its general coordinator for Rio's Maracana stadium knowing that he will be there to lead the proceedings in the final.

His performance, delivery and attention to detail and diligence in previous tournaments in his work for FIFA as well as his fluency in seven international languages have catapulted him to the top.


  • kuukuphilly says:
    July 13, 2014 10:57 pm
    The Tony baffoe that gave away our nation's cup in proud for his achievements though..
  • Rass says:
    July 13, 2014 10:41 pm
    Why can't we make this tony baffoe our fa president
  • Mumbi says:
    July 13, 2014 09:46 pm
    @ Rasheed, where are u? came and see the new world champion. Its time u guys stop beliving in witcg doctors fake prophecies.
  • bawah says:
    July 13, 2014 10:03 pm
    Please you forget Gerald Asamoa!
  • texas says:
    July 13, 2014 07:51 pm
    No matter what people say about Ghana's performance in Brazil, Ghana made history. First of all for two consecutive world cups, two players with Ghanaian roots - real brothers - played for different national teams and they played against each other - Jerome Boateng for Germany and Kevin Boateng for Ghana at 2010 and 2014. Secondary, four players with Ghanaian roots played for four different countries at Brazil 2014 - Jerome Boateng for Germany, Danny Welbeck for England, super Mario for Italy, and Memphis DuPay for Netherlands.
  • wamaselo says:
    July 13, 2014 07:54 pm
    Please write as well Im tge first black African to touch Brazuca!!!
  • spellBOUND says:
    July 13, 2014 08:13 pm
    HAHAHA. or, first black african to step on the maracana pitch since no african team has played there during this mundial.
  • kobby L says:
    July 13, 2014 08:43 pm
    @OGYA the man can speak 7 languages, how many do you speak again ? People love to comment ignorance for no good reason.
  • Kwame says:
    July 15, 2014 01:29 am
    I salute the Black Stars. In my opinion they are the best team in the world. We us Ghanaians need to work on our unity at hone and become mutually responsible for each other, When that is achieved, we will come out shining.
  • Louis Akonga says:
    July 14, 2014 04:35 pm
    what is the value of that history ?
  • OGYA says:
    July 13, 2014 07:33 pm
    GSN, this website is the most backward I have ever seen in modern times. Are you kidding me that Tony Baffour being a coordinator at the world cup final is any achievement to be hail? You are bunch idiots.
  • Ed says:
    July 14, 2014 01:06 am
    there is one more player of Ghanaian root who played for the Dutch team aside Memphis Depay. He is Gioginio Wijnaldum and he scored the last goal for the dutch yesterday against the brazilians in the third place play off. He used to be Gioginio Boateng but decided to use his mothers name as surname since his father left his mother when he was very young
  • mutary gariba says:
    July 14, 2014 01:12 am
    Am really happy to be a ghanaian base on Tony Baffoe achievement alone.He is a role model.
  • Rasheed says:
    July 14, 2014 01:49 am
    @Mumbi,what is your problem?.I only advised you to stop addressing us black dogs and you are offended.
  • paul says:
    July 14, 2014 04:41 am
    foolish story, in this day and age what has being a blackman got to do with this stupid job, stupidity...a blackman is even president of the world.. ie.. the united states... european idiots
  • 21guns says:
    July 14, 2014 08:38 am
    Tony Bafoe is a great ghanain who is doing Ghana and Africans proud, his target is not Ghana FA, his target is the fifa president.. God bless Ghana
  • sowah ghartey says:
    June 25, 2015 06:24 pm
    well done tony I tnink this will makr many Africans the power to work towards success most especially Ghanaians.
  • overah eguonoghene says:
    September 06, 2015 04:48 am
    I m proud of you anthony baffoe. You are truely a legend.