Ghanaian International Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has announced his retirement from International football after being absent for a while.
The 30-year old midfielder after helping Ghana to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009 had his first Black Stars call up for a major tournament in 2010 after he was selected for the Nation’s Cup in Angola.
He went ahead to make 76 appearances and scored 11 goals.
He took to his Instagram account to announce his retirement from Ghana’s senior national team on December 31,2020.
“Although I have been out of the Ghana national team for a while, I’m here to express my profound gratitude to the nation which has been of immense help to my career. Wearing the national colors have always been a moment of pride and honor for me and my heart has always been with the teaming fans who have offered the unflinching support throughout the years.
“On this day, after extensive consultation with my family and loved one’s, I have come to the decision that the time is ripe to officially hang my boots and retire from International football.
“One of my biggest dreams throughout my footballing career was to help my motherland end our AFCON trophy drought by winning the tittle. There were times we encountered many near-misses which left us a lot of pain as a team and as a nation. However, through sweat and passion, I heartily carried the flag of my nation when I converted the winning penalty on the fateful day on October 16, 2009 at the Cairo International Stadium. It’s a moment I cherish very much. Not only because we lifted the tittle but also I helped bring honor to my country as we became the first country in Africa to win the coveted U20 FIFA World Cup. We also won the U-20 African Youth Championship en route to the success in Egypt.
“Though I remain a bit disappointed in our collective failure to lift the AFCON tittle, I know my colleagues around today have the requisite capacity to deliver the tittle for us very soon. Though I have hanged my playing boots, I will always remain available to serve the nation in a different capacity.
“Long live Ghana our motherland. Long live Black Stars” he posted on his Instagram account.
He made his debut appearance for the Black Stars in 2008 against Lesotho and scored his first goal against Congo in 2011.
By Francis Hema|3news.com|Ghana