Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu retires from Black Stars

Ghana midfielder, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, has announced his retirement from international football at 30 after contemplating on it for some time now.

The Hellas Verona player has not played for the Black Stars for the last three years since the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.

Badu confirmed the news to footballmadeinghana.com and said he’d have wished he won the AFCON title with the national team as he has done at the U20 level.

Although it’s been a while I’ve been out of the national team, I’m here today to say the nation has been very excellent to me throughout my career with the national team,” he said.

“On this day, after talking to my family and loved ones, I think it’s time to officially retire from the national team.

“I’ve tried several times to win the AFCON for the nation after winning U20 AFCON and World Cup. We came close twice, but it’s a bit disappointing that we couldn’t win it.

“I, however, believe my colleagues who are now in the national team will do that for us in the coming years.

The former Udinese midfielder expressed gratitude to the Ghana Football Association, Government, and the entire football fraternity, adding, he’s available if the nation needs him in any way.

“I say thank you to the GFA, Government of Ghana, and all Ghanaians for your support during my tenure with the national team. I’m available if the nation needs me to help in any way.”

On 22 May 2008, he received his first call-up to the Black Stars but had his first senior international appearance on June 8, 2008, against Lesotho and his first goal came against Congo in June 2011.

He has made 76 appearances for the national team and scored eleven goals.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Sports/2020