Anthony Baffoe has been rewarded for his hard work in world football as he has been named as the General Coordinator of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.
The ex-Ghana defender will take full charge of the organisation of final of Africa’s biggest football showpiece event in Johannesburg on Sunday when Nigeria play Burkina Faso.
Ghana might not be playing in the final but the country will be fully represented by Baffoe’s role in the big events with millions watching across the globe.
Baffoe’s duties consist of taking care of every aspect of the organisation of the encounter, such as the state of the pitch, the supporters, security, media, the closing ceremony, post match medal presentations and many more.
The former Fortuna Dusseldorf player has risen to prominence after hanging up his boots as one of Fifa’s most reliable and efficient match co-ordinators.
Baffoe is regarded as one of the finest match coordinators in the world because of the professionalism and linguistic abilities.
He speaks more than eight international languages including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch.
He acquitted himself in full glory two years ago when he handled one of the venues that hosted the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan.
Originally born in Germany, Baffoe played for the Black Stars as a ruthless ‘no nonsense’ defender between 1991-94.
The ex-Cologne defender has distinguished himself in the general co-ordination role in high profile Fifa and Caf tournaments.
Baffoe is also a member of Fifa and Caf Football Committees.