Hellas Verona midfielder Agyemang Badu has announced his retirement from international football.
The busty midfielder has had quite a journey since making his debut for the ‘Black Stars’ back in 2008 against Lesotho. He went on to make 78 international appearances and scored 11 goals.
He was part of the 2009 U20 generation that won the FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt beating Brazil in a penalty shootout. He scored the winning penalty in that shoot-out.
Badu missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as a young Ghana squad had an incredible run in the tournament. The West African nation lost out to Uruguay in the quarter-final through penalties. Captain Asamoah Gyan could have won it in extra time, but his penalty canonned off the crossbar and went over.
He played in the 2010, 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as the ‘Black Stars’ came close to winning the continental showpiece in 2010. In 2014 the midfielder featured in his first FIFA World Cup as Ghana got knocked out in the group stage of the competition.
Speaking to Ghanain publication Football made in Ghana, the 30-year-old thanked the entire Ghanain football fraternity for the role they played in his international career. “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,” said Badu.
”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 the U20 Afcon and U20 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,” he added.
“I say thank you to the Ghana Football Association (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. Thank you Ghana and may God bless us all,” he concluded.
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