Agyemang Badu reveals ‘dark days’ of his Ghana career
Retired at 30, the midfielder admits not winning the Afcon haunts him after coming close twice.
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu says his biggest regret from his time as a Ghana international is not winning the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) trophy at the senior level.
The midfielder, 30, on the final day of the year 2020, officially called time on an enviable journey with the Black Stars after 12 years.
Playing for Berekum Arsenals back then, Agyemang Badu earned his first senior call-up with Ghana as a teenager in 2008 before going on to represent the country at the Under-20 level where he helped the Black Satellites to win both the Africa Cup and Fifa World Cup in 2009.
After becoming a full-fledged member of the Black Stars, Agyemang Badu had hoped to win the Afcon which has eluded Ghana since the last triumph in 1982 and came so close in 2010 and 2015 only to lose in the finals to Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire respectively.
“Yes, it is my biggest regret [not winning a trophy with the Black Stars].
“I also regretted not winning a penalty shootout with Udinese during Champions League qualification. We would have qualified for the Champions League if we had won.
“For Ghana, my biggest regret is not winning anything with the Black Stars,” he told Joy Sports Link.
According to him, the penalty shootout loss at the Gabon 2015 Afcon final was more heartbreaking. The Black Stars had taken a 2-0 lead but eventually lost.
“The 2015 Afcon was the closest for me. We were leading in the penalty shootout but we still lost.
“For the 2010 Afcon, they had promoted the younger ones into the team. The confidence level was not there. Ghanaians said ‘let’s give them a try’.
“We used the one goal project and we got to the finals. Losing against Egypt was not anything so regrettable because they had a solid team. We were young and coming up. We had a lot of inexperienced players so it worried us a bit but the 2015 one was very hurtful.”
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, currently unattached, scored 11 goals in 78 appearances with the Black Stars and made five Africa Cup of Nations tournament outings as well as a bow at the 2014 Fifa World Cup after missing the 2010 edition due to injury,