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

The diplomat's son Anthony Baffoe (right) jokes with Germany player Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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.


  1. OGYA says:

    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.

  2. texas says:

    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.

    • bawah says:

      Please you forget Gerald Asamoa!

    • Ed says:

      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

  3. wamaselo says:

    Please write as well Im tge first black African to touch Brazuca!!!

  4. kobby L says:

    @OGYA the man can speak 7 languages, how many do you speak again ? People love to comment ignorance for no good reason.

  5. Mumbi says:

    @ Rasheed, where are u? came and see the new world champion.
    Its time u guys stop beliving in witcg doctors fake prophecies.

  6. Rass says:

    Why can’t we make this tony baffoe our fa president

  7. kuukuphilly says:

    The Tony baffoe that gave away our nation’s cup in Senegal.am proud for his achievements though..

  8. mutary gariba says:

    Am really happy to be a ghanaian base on Tony Baffoe achievement alone.He is a role model.

  9. Rasheed says:

    @Mumbi,what is your problem?.I only advised you to stop addressing us black dogs and you are offended.

  10. paul says:

    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

  11. 21guns says:

    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

  12. Louis Akonga says:

    what is the value of that history ?

  13. Kwame says:

    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.

  14. sowah ghartey says:

    well done tony I tnink this will makr many Africans the power to work towards success most especially Ghanaians.

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