Tony Baffoe blames 'hyena' officials for Pele-Yeboah rift in Black Stars
By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu
Anthony Baffoe admits there was tension between Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah during their days with the Black Stars but says the problem was fueled by officials around the team at the time he describes as ‘Hyenas’.
Baffoe was an integral member of the Ghana national team during his three-year stay with the Black Stars.
The ex Fortuna Dusseldorf defender was with the national team at the time the friction between Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah – the two big players in the Black Stars set up at the time – was said to be at its apex.
Tony Baffoe who is now into management after retiring from football now reveals officials he describes as Hyenas were responsible for the continued problems between the two heavyweights.
“Maybe there was a clash of personalities but for me to experience the two of them [Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah] exchanging words and all that, no,” he told Happy FM.
“Those around them were even worse. I call them Hyenas.
“They go and tell Tony [Yeboah] something different about Abedi [Pele] and then come and tell Abedi something different about Tony.
“There might have been tension but later on things were solved. They now get along very well.
“Abedi’s wife, Maha and Tony’s wife, Tasha where schoolmates.”
Many have attributed the Ghana’s inability to win the Nations Cup and qualify for the World Cup despite their immense quality to the problems between the leading figures which brought about factions within the team.
The current generation of Black Stars players have enjoyed sustained unity which has been manifested in their three consecutive World Cup qualifications even though they fall short of winning the Nations Cup.