Fiorentina and Ghana midfielder Alfred Duncan has called it quits with the Ghana national team citing unfair and ill treatment by the Ghana Football Association(GFA) and subsequent coaches.
The Fiorentina midfielder has been in fine form for his club but has consistently been overlooked by subsequent Black Stars coaches.
He cites instances where he was left out of the Black Stars set up and offered very little playing time.
Duncan despite his splendid form for Fiorentina was overlooked for the 2021 AFCON tournament and was also snubbed for the forthcoming 2023 AFCON qualifiers whiles inactive Mubarak Wakaso was handed a call up.
FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
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.
If 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 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! " Via Gianluca Di Marzio
He was capped nine matches for the Black Stars of Ghana