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23.03.2006 Football News

GFA appoints Baffoe as its International Relations Consultant


Accra, March 23, GNA - Former Black Stars stalwart defender, Anthony Baffoe has been appointed Ghana's International Consultant ahead of the Black Stars' maiden World Cup tournament in Germany. Baffoe would serve as the liaison officer for Ghana Football Association (GFA) in a commitment that spans for a long time.

Born to a Ghanaian father, Baffoe who made his national debut in 1991 is also expected to stay as the link between the association and players who ply their trade outside the shores of Ghana. The player who blossomed into stardom in the early 90's where he featured as a regular figure in the national team "A" with his highlights during the 1992 and 1994 African Cup of Nations in Senegal and Tunisia would also manage the association's office to be set up in Germany during the Mundial. Baffoe who speaks five international languages- Spanish, French, Italian, English and German would also coordinate sponsorship outside Ghana for the team.

The defender currently clamouring for the establishment of an early contact base with players of Ghanaian origin to enable the nation access their services in future, was a crucial member of the "motivational speakers" for the players during the abortive African Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt last month. Baffoe who retired from international football in 1998 is also expected to bring his expertise to bear during his interaction with the players. Elated Baffoe in an interview with the GNA Sports said "I love my nation and I am very happy for the chance offered me to serve." He was buoyant about the chances of the Black Stars in the summer games where they are housed alongside Italy, Czech Republic and the United State of America (USA) in Group E.

The player who currently host some Television Talk Shows in Germany was optimistic the return of influential players like Michael Essien, Sulley Ali Muntari, Asamoah Gyan and others would work in favour of the fortunes of the Ghanaians in the World Cup event.