Abedi Pele denies rift with Tony Yeboah

Tue, 2 Jun 2020 Source: Ghana Soccernet

Ghana great Abedi Pele insists he's got a good relationship with his perceived long-standing "rival" Anthony Yeboah.

The two iconic former Ghana internationals have been rumoured to have fallen out over a captaincy row spanning 28-years which ultimately cost the country the title in the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations against Cote D'voire.

Yeboah, who was deputy to the three-time African footballer of the year, was sidestepped after the armband was handed to the relative new player Anthony Baffoe in the final to the Ivorians.

There have been widespread claims that the decision to hand the leadership role to Baffoe cost the team the title as it sparked division in the team.

Yeboah, a former captain of Frankfurt opened a can of worms after revealing he was angry that he was overlooked for the "undeserving" Anthony Baffoe to captain the team for the final in 1992.

Pele was accused of being a mastermind behind the unpopular decision - a claim which has been rubbished by Tony Baffoe.

But Abedi Pele insists he has no problem with his perceived "rival".

"Not at all, for me, the team spirit was very good. Maybe for others, no but for me it was good. They announced the captaincy when we were in Portugal and everything was okay. I never had a problem with Kwesi Appiah or Tony Yeboah. Tony was really exceptional," he told GTV Sports+.

"You see, people were talking but Tony has never pointed a finger to say Abedi has said something against me or said anything in the newspaper. Tony was like a brother to me."

Source: Ghana Soccernet
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