Former Ghana International Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has disclosed the toughest midfield opponent he ever played against in his entire Black Stars career.
The 30-year-old announced his retirement from international duties after making 78 appearances for the Black Stars in his 9-year stay with the four-time Africa champions.
Badu made Ghana’s squad list for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations(Afcon) held in Angola where the West African country finished as runners-up to Egypt.
The former Udinese midfielder crossed paths with a plethora of World-class talent but has admitted that former Barcelona and Manchester City star Yaya Toure is the toughest midfield opponent he faced.
Ivory Coast defeated Ghana 3-1 in a Group B fixture and Badu insisted that the Ivorian superstar edged past all other midfielders he faced in his Black Stars career.
“Yaya Toure. He was too good for us during 2010 Afcon. We just couldn’t contain him, ” he said in an interview with Accra-based Angel FM.
“He and Zokora made us look like small boys. When he had the ball, we couldn’t dispossess him. When we had, he takes it easily.”
He also appeared in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Afcon, with the team twice recording fourth-placed finishes.
The former Berekum Arsenals and Asante Kotoko midfielder was a member of the Black Stars team that played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when he missed the previous edition due to injury.
Badu’s last penalty kick won Ghana Africa’s first U-20 Fifa World Cup against Brazil in Egypt in 2009.