Alfred Duncan Retires From International Football
Alfred Joseph Duncan, a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Fiorentina in the Italian Calcio Serie A took to his official twitter account on Saturday 28th May, 2022 to announce his retirement from the Black Stars of Ghana and international football as a whole.
Duncan who is 29 years of age believes he has been unfairly treated by the coaches of the national team as well as the Football Association. He cited in his letter some persons who did not help his development in the national team and notable amongst them are C. K Ackonnor, Kwesi Appiah and Avram Grant who are all former coaches of the Black Stars.
The Fiorentina midfielder found his name conspicuously missing in Otto Addo’s 32 man squad he named for Ghana’s Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers against Madagascar and Central African Republic next month and, he couldn’t hold it any more but to announce his retirement from international football.
Duncan had 10 appearances for the Black Stars since 2012 when he was first called up.
This season, he was very impressive for Fiorentina where he featured in 37 matches and was on the score sheet two times as a deep lying midfielder.
BELOW IS THE FULL LETTER
“The time has come to say goodbye to the national team. My heart is sad because I wanted to write a piece of history with the Ghanaian national team but they NEVER gave me the chance to prove it”
“When you are never considered and there is nothing you can do to change the situation, mentally it becomes more difficult. I have been humiliated, discriminated against and left aside for years even though I have tried to keep the doors open all the time. Unfortunately, I cannot continue to feel bad thinking about how I am being treated unfairly knowing that I have a clear conscience. Until a few years ago I was the Ghanaian player with the best performances and with the most appearances in the most prestigious leagues but I have never been considered in the national team. I recently turned down some invitations because I find it an insult to call me when it suits someone without considering my feeling as a human being who makes sacrifices in their work”.
“Years ago, when I was a Sassuolo player, I had a psychological trauma after traveling 15 hours to go to Washington for a friendly against Canada and then not play even a minute and I was the only player not to set foot in the field. It was a very difficult period for me and my family but thanks to my loved ones and the support of a psychologist I was able to overcome this too. I went through so many horrible moments precisely because of the national team, I overcame everything by myself and went on my way.”
“I found peace and happiness without thinking of being called up for the national team with the sole objective of giving the best to those who support me, consider me an important player and value me. For a player like me who has done a lot of training and has been playing in Serie A for 11 years, it’s incredible to have only 9 caps for the national team. A pure madness that has no justification. I do not accept being called up just because the Federation is pressured by the citizens and not because they recognize my value and what I can give to the national team.”
“The President of the Ghanaian federation, Kwesi Appiah, Avram Grant and CK Akkonor know perfectly well what I mean and how they treated me. For the person that I am, I do not deserve everything they put me through and, for this reason, I put an end to a story that never began to have the peace and serenity that I deserve and to be able to continue working for Fiorentina, the team that I values and respects me for who I am and the passion I put into my daily work, Thank you!”