Sunday Jan 03, 2021. 09:42
Former Udinese and Hellas Verona midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has announced his retirement from international duty.
The 30-year-old made his debut for the Black Stars in June 2008 against Lesotho and he went on to make 78 appearances for his country and netted 11 goals in the process.
Agyemang-Badu also represented the Black Stars at five Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“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,” Badu told Football Made in Ghana.
“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 World Cup. We came close twice, but it’s a bit disappointing that we couldn’t win it.”
During the 2012 AFCON finals in a group match between Ghana and Guinea, Badu flipped up a teammate’s pass from just outside the penalty area and launched a mid-air volley to score a goal that was later nominated for the 2012 FIFA Puskás Award (FIFA’s global Goal of the Year award).
”I, however, believe my colleagues who are now in the national team will do that for us in the coming years,” he continued.
“I say thank you to the GFA [Ghana Football Association], 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.”
Meanwhile, Agyemang-Badu also revealed that he is a free agent after leaving Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona during the current 2020/21 season.
“Right now I am no more with Hellas Verona. I cordially agreed to terminate my contract and so I’m a free agent and free to join any club,” Badu told Joy Sports.
“After all the Covid stuff, I decided to come home and rest small and find a team in January.”
His brother Nana Agyemang-Badu plays for Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko.