Agyemang Badu retires from international football

Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has called time on international football at the age of 30

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu

Agyemang Badu was invited to the Black Stars after playing a key role in helping the Black Satellite to clinch the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.

He was a member of the Black Stars team that finished runners-up in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, but he missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup after suffering an injury.

The former Udinese midfielder returned for 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 FIFA World Cup.

However, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu hasn't earned a call-up to the Black Stars since 2017 and has now officially retired from international football.

”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 in a statement.

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

”I’ve tried several times to win the African Cup of Nations [Afcon] for the nation after winning U-20 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.”

“Thank you and God bless us all,” he added.

Agyemang Badu after hanging up his boot in international football has been eulogized by his former teammate Asamoah Gyan.

The former Asante Kotoko player scored 11 goals for Ghana.


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