Former Kotoko defender Emmanuel Ampeah says the rift between Abedi and Tony Yeboah was personal, and blames Otto Pfister for 1992 AFCON final defeat

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Emmanuel Ampeah, a former Asante Kotoko defender and a member of the team that represented Ghana at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1992 and 1994 has disclosed that there was tension between Abedi Pele and Tony Yebaoh during their time together at the Black Stars.

It is perceived by Ghana football faithfuls that Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah in their time with the Black Stars didn’t have the best of relationships, but Abedi recently rubbished those claims, insisting he had no problem with Tony Yeboah and they were good friends.

“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.”

However, Emmanuel Ampeah who a national teammate of the dou has stated that there were issues between the two, and it was very personal.

“Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah’s issues were personal. I wasn’t part of the Bochum disaster game that we lost 6-1 to Germany in 1993 but some of the players told me it took Alhaji Grusah intervention before Tony Yeboah handed the captain armband back to Abedi Pele”, Emmanuel Ampeah told Nhyira Sports.

The former Kotoko defender also blamed manager Otto Pfister for the 1992 AFCON final defeat.

“Otto Pfister was the cause of 1992 happenings. The players he trained for penalties refused to take it leaving those who weren’t trained for penalty kicks. He should have trained us all. I blame him for that”, he added.

Emmanuel Ampeah played for Asante Kotoko for over a decade.

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