Former Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has announced his retirement from international football.
In a statement sighted by sammykaymedia.com, the Hellas Verona talisman said he arrived at the decision after extensive consultations with his family and loved ones.
He added that though he remains a bit disappointed in Ghana’s Senior National Teams collective failures to lift the AFCON title he knows his colleagues around today have the requisite capacity to deliver the title for Ghanaians very soon.
Read the entire statement below;
RETIREMENT FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL
Although I have been out of the Ghana national team for a while, I’m here today to express my profound gratitude to the nation which has been of immense help to my career. Wearing the national colours has always been a moment of pride and honour for me and my heart has always been with the teeming fans who have offered me unflinching support throughout the years
On this day, after extensive consultation with my family and love ones. 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 title. 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 had the title but also I helped bring honour to my country as we became the first country in Africa to win the coveted U20 FIFA World Cup. We also won the U20 African Cup of Nations en route to the success in Egypt
Though I remain a bit disappointed in our collective failures to lift the AFCON title I know my colleagues around today have the requisite capacity to deliver the title 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!
Ayekoooo to all of us.
God bless us all