Thursday Dec 05, 2019. 12:00
Burkina Faso attacking midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa has announced his international retirement, ending a 13-year career with the Stallions.
The 33-year-old made the announcement on his Facebook page, and is perhaps best remembered for winning the Player of the Tournament at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa as he helped Burkina Faso to the final where they lost to Nigeria.
“Of course, the decision was very difficult to make, but it’s time for me to write another page of my life,” he said. “These years spent with the national team have been incredibly emotional and above all an incredible life experience.
“I would first like to thank my teammates, supporters, people involved near and far and without forgetting my loved ones, my family who made this adventure so special.
“I am proud to have put on the jersey and have contributed to writing the most beautiful pages in the history of Burkina Faso football.
“I hope I can continue to bring my experience to my young talented brothers, so that in turn, they make us dream, by raising the colours of our dearest nation.
“I will be very honoured to continue to contribute outside the field, to the progress of Burkina Faso football.”
Pitroipa, who players for French side Paris FC, made his debut for the national side in 2006.
He featured in both 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last month as the Burkinabe played to a 0-0 home draw with Uganda and won 2-1 in South Sudan.