Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has, on Thursday, December 31, 2020, announced his retirement from international football, ending an over 12-year career with the senior national team.
The 30-year-old scored 11 goals in 78 senior caps with the Black Stars. His debut came against Lesotho in June 2008.
Before earning his first senior call-up a month prior, Badu enjoyed a successful youth career – being a key cog in Ghana’s squad that clinched the 2009 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations title in Rwanda and topped it up by scoring the crucial penalty kick that saw the country become the first African country to win the Under-20 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.
“And on this day after talking to my family and loved ones, I think it is time to officially bow out of the national team.
“I tried several times to win an Afcon for the nation after winning the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup but came close twice. I’m a bit disappointed but I know my colleagues there will do that for us in the coming years.
“I’m available if the nation needs me to help in any way.
“Thank you Ghana and may God bless us all,” Badu wrote in a note made available to Footy-Ghana.com.
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu also represent Ghana at the Under-23 level and was as well a member of the Black Stars ‘B’ team for the inaugural edition of the CHAN tournament, Cote d’Ivoire 2009.
Badu, who also represented Ghana at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, had been out of the Black Stars team since participating in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
He is currently on the books of Italian Serie A side Chievo Verona.