The Deputy General Secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Anthony Baffoe, has quit the continent’s body. Baffoe, has been the Deputy General Secretary since 2017, and has been accountable for Football and Development at CAF.
As per a CAF explanation on June 30th, the Ghanaian administrator resigned from his position on personal reasons.
In an expressions concerning his abdication, Anthony Baffoe said:
“This was a decision I took three months ago due to personal reasons. The journey which started in November 2017 sadly ends, giving way to the start of a fresh journey. I count myself lucky to have served CAF and being at the forefront of the administration of the game on the continent.
Praise be to Almighty Allah. I am grateful to the CAF Executive Committee, led by Patrice Motsepe for the opportunity, not forgetting former CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, for seeing the potential in me at first hand,” Baffoe said in the resignation letter.
“I leave with my head high as together with your support we achieved many milestones and crossed many hurdles as far as the development and promotion of African football is concerned. As the first footballer to serve in such a senior management position, I am convinced I won’t be the last.”
Baffoe’s resignation follows a number of people leaving involving high ranking officials at the CAF headquarters in the last two years during the reign of the continental body’s former president, Ahmad Ahmad.
The 56 year-old grew up near to the former West German capital of Bonn and made a name for himself in the 1980s in the Bundesliga, becoming a real crowd favourite for FC Köln and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
He played as a defender for several other teams around the world before hanging his boots.
Baffoe was the first Ghanaian expatriate player to play for the Black Stars of Ghana. He was capped 25 times for Ghana, notably at 1992 and 1994 African Cup of Nations.
After his playing career Baffoe used his broad popularity to set up and front a new TV magazine show devoted to youth football.
He was successful on German television in various sport programmes and is the regular host of Viasat One’s Uefa Champions League show in Ghana.
After a few years, the former defensive utility man evolved into a well-known representative of the African continent and his home country of Ghana.
Anthony Baffoe is a FIFA Ambassador for campaign against racism, a FIFA ambassador for SOS Children’s Village and an ambassador for Play Soccer Ghana.