The General Secretary of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana, Anthony Baffoe, has been appointed CAF Deputy General Secretary in-charge of Football and Development.
The former Ghana international will work under Egyptian Amr Fahmy, who has been appointed General Secretary. Also appointed for the day-to-day administration of football on the continent is Essadik Alaoui who is also a deputy General Secretary in-charge of Finance and Administration.
Baffoe has made tremendous progress since hanging up his boots and has undertaken several projects in world football. Until his recent appointment, he was a FIFA General Co-ordinator and supervised several tournaments including the FIFA World Cup finals. In 2014, he made history when he became the first black man to lead out two teams – Germany and Argentina – in a World Cup final in Brazil.
Back home in Ghana, he is the brain behind the formation of union for footballers known as the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana [PFAG] which is the local chapter of FIFPro.
Early this year, he was named a member of the Bundesliga Legends Network which includes nine ex-professionals Jiayi Shao and Jörg Albertz (China), Steven Cherundolo (USA), Pavel Pardo (Mexico), Wynton Rufer (Oceania ), Bum-Kun Cha (South Korea) and Paulo Sergio ( Brazil ).
Born in Germany, the 52-year old was capped 25 times for Ghana between 1991 and 1994, and also captained the Black Stars for the final match of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal against Cote d’Ivoire, which the latter won 11-10 on penalties.
He started playing in Germany, then France before he moved to Hong Kong (Asia) and ended his playing career in Venezuela (South America). He ventured into event management and also founder and General Secretary for players union the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG).
Baffoe has attended various FIFA training programs in Administration and doubles as a FIFA Instructor in Administration and Management.