Former Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu retires from Black Stars

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Former Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.

His retirement comes after a three-year absence from the national team since he last played at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

In 2010, Badu was selected for his first Africa Cup of Nations as the Black Stars finished runners-up to Egypt.

He appeared in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament, with the team twice recording fourth-placed finishes.

The former Udinese Star was a member of the Black Stars team that played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when he missed the previous edition because of injury.

The 30-year old in an interview said, “it is time for me to focus on my club career thus the decision to rescue myself from national duty”.

“I have played for nine solid years and i think it is time to call it off and concerntrate on club football and leave the new generation to try and win something for the nation.”

He made 78 appearances for the Black Stars, scored nine goals and registered four assists in his over 10-year stay with the team.

By Kissi Stephen Owura

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